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Posted November 04, 2008 by

Now Hear This! An Audiologist’s Salary Isn’t Half Bad.

There aren’t a whole lot of people who go into the field of audiology. In 2006, only 12,000 people held audiologist jobs. Of those, more than half worked in doctors’ offices or in the offices of other healthcare professionals. Very few owned private practices.
Audiologists help people who have ear problems like hearing difficulties or trouble with balance. Anyone interested in becoming an audiologist must have good communication skills, know how to confront problems objectively, be patient and compassionate.
Since audiologists aren’t physicians, they don’t require medical degrees to practice. A master’s degree and special certification are sufficient for anyone desiring to become an audiologist. Eight states require audiologists to have a Ph.D., and in 22 states and the District of Columbia, audiologists who dispense hearing aids must be licensed.
An audiologist’s salary is nothing to sneeze at. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2008, the mean audiologist salary was $63,600 per year. A private practice audiologist’s salary is typically $150,000 per year.