A large fraction of take-home pay for Hearing Instrument Specialists comes from commissions — nearly one-third on average, in fact. The median overall income in this field is approximately $52K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and experience level. While some workers in this profession — approximately one in three — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and just over two-fifths have dental insurance. Most Hearing Instrument Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women make up the majority of Hearing Instrument Specialists (68 percent) who completed the questionnaire. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,087 - $75,296
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$29K
$52K
$75K
MEDIAN: $51,649
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$11.98 - $27.39
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$12
$17
$27
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$29,087 - $75,296  
   
Bonus
$1,030 - $29,087  
Profit Sharing
$15,750  
Commission
$1,500 - $40,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,655 - $80,641  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 106
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.98 - $27.39  
   
Overtime
$30.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$1,030 - $29,087  
   
Commission
$1,500 - $40,000  
Profit Sharing
$15,750  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,655 - $80,641  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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Job Description for Hearing Instrument Specialist

A hearing instrument specialist is responsible for assisting people who suffer from varying degrees of hearing loss. They must provide quality care for patients, including during hearing screenings and fittings for hearing aids and other devices. In addition to ensuring patients' satisfaction, there is often a sales element involved, as the hearing instrument specialist is frequently required to sell hearing devices.

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Hearing Instrument Specialist Tasks

  • Select and fit patient with hearing aid.
  • Assess and measure hearing loss of patient.
  • Explain options, warranties and usage of hearing aid and care.
  • Perform an initial exam, evaluate medical records and physician's referral.
  • Keep records and documentation of evaluations and sales.

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Pay by Experience Level for Hearing Instrument Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $49K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $57K. Hearing Instrument Specialists see a median salary of $54K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Hearing Instrument Specialists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $55K.

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Experience Affects Hearing Instrument Specialist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
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National Average
$52,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Hearing Instrument Specialist Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 43%

National Average
$52,000

Sales
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
medical benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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