Income and benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for audiologists was $77,600 in 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $54,010, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $120,750.
The top paying industry for audiologists in the United States was hospitals, where the median annual salary was $83,820. This was followed by educational services ($81,190), offices of physical occupational and speech therapists, and audiologists ($75,520) and offices of physicians ($75,490).
Autonomy and Flexibility
As audiologists are highly qualified, they often get to make lots of decisions regarding their patients care. Therefore, there is a lot of autonomy in the career. Audiologists will often work in busy hospitals and educational services. Therefore, they may find they have less flexibility over their schedule.
Locations and commute
According to Zippia, the best states to be an audiologist, based on salary and total number of jobs, were:
- South Dakota, where the average annual salary is $100,517
- West Virginia, where the average annual salary is $101,766
- Nebraska, where the average annual salary is $100,709
- California, where the average annual salary is $110,134
- Minnesota, where the average annual salary is $98,349
The worst states for audiologist, according to Zippia, are Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Alabama.
The largest employer of audiologists in the United States was offices of physicians, which employed 27% of all audiologist in the United States. 24% of audiologists in the United States were employed by offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists and audiologists. A further 16% were employed by hospitals and 10% by educational services.
Some audiologists may spend time travelling between multiple facilities, whilst others only work in the one place. Audiologists will work closely with other healthcare workers, such as registered nurses.