Clinical audiologists who hold the AuD and have 25 to 27 years of experience average $20,000 more annually than their counterparts with master's degrees, according to data collected in ASHA's 2006 audiology survey.
The survey, sent last fall to 4,000 randomly selected ASHA-certified audiologists in the United States, polled respondents on salaries, working conditions, and service delivery.
Survey results are designed to update and expand information gathered from previous surveys. The full survey results will be compiled in reports on annual salaries, hourly salaries, clinical focus patterns, private practice, frequency, and methodology and demographics, available later this spring on ASHA's Web site.
Of the 3,985 eligible survey recipients, 2,354 responded—a response rate of 59.1%. The 8.1% increase in response rate over the previous audiology survey (51.5% in 2004) improves the validity of the data presented.
The recently compiled salary data indicate that most respondents (73%) receive an annual salary, and 84% work 11 to 12 months (i.e., a calendar year). The number of respondents who work an academic year is relatively small; the attempt to analyze this population according to demographic characteristics (e.g., years of experience) results in samples smaller than the minimum reportable size (25). Therefore, most analyses in these highlights are limited to audiologists who worked for a calendar year, were paid an annual salary, and worked in any employment function (such as clinical service provider, faculty, or administrator).
The median annual salary is $65,000, an increase from $62,000 over 2004; median salaries range from $60,000 in private physicians' offices to $69,250 in other nonresidential health care facilities. Overall, supervisors and administrators earn more than those they supervise. In addition, salaries tended to increase with experience, but plateau after 22 to 24 years of experience. The average (mean) number of years of experience was 22 for males and 15 for females.
The full salary report includes salaries by highest degree, years of experience, primary employment settings, and employment function. Of those respondents who have AuDs, more than 80% were working as clinical service providers; they earn from $5,000 to $20,000 more annually than clinicians with master's degrees, depending on years of service.
Approximately one-quarter of the respondents work in hospitals (24%), one-quarter in private physicians' offices (26%), and one-quarter in other nonresidential health care facilities (26%), with most of the remainder in schools and colleges or universities. A few (4%) selected an "other" category.
Average salaries for audiologists who work in a metropolitan/urban area are higher than for those working in the suburbs or in rural areas. Median salaries are highest in the Northeast and lowest in the Midwest.