Hearing Instrument Specialist Salary (United States)

With 56 percent of Hearing Instrument Specialists reporting fewer than five years of experience, the field is full of relatively green workers making an average of $43,395 per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $25,036 to $77,687 per year. Although 40 percent lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and around one third get dental coverage, too. The majority of Hearing Instrument Specialists (62 percent) are female. Most Hearing Instrument Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Hearing Instrument Specialist Salary (?
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$24,526 - $71,145
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MEDIAN: $43,819
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Hearing Instrument Specialist Salary (?
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$10.30 - $24.01
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$24,526 - $71,145  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,000  
Commission
$51.52 - $39,641  
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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$25,036 - $77,687  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 154
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $24.01  
   
Overtime
$16.47 - $44.38  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,000  
   
Commission
$51.52 - $39,641  
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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$25,036 - $77,687  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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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.
Starting out, salaries fall in the $39K range but grow to $51K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $53K after one to two decades. Pay actually shrinks for Hearing Instrument Specialists after two decades in the profession, averaging $49,780. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 12 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 5 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. The greater part of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

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Experience Affects Hearing Instrument Specialist Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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Late-Career
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
62%
female alumni
 
Male
38%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 40%