Commissions comprise a big part of overall income for Hearing Instrument Specialists. The median take-home amount in this area is around $52K, and on average, more than two-fifths of that final number comes from commissions. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but experience level and the individual firm are influential factors as well. The majority of Hearing Instrument Specialists (66 percent) who took the survey are female. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and close to one-half claim dental coverage as well. Most Hearing Instrument Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,605 - $76,399
$31K
$52K
$76K
MEDIAN: $51,770
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$12.12 - $27.75
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MEDIAN: $16.69
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,605 - $76,399  
   
Bonus
$1,021 - $29,361  
Profit Sharing
$15,750  
Commission
$3,020 - $40,547  
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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$27,450 - $81,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 92
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.12 - $27.75  
   
Overtime
$30.31  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$1,021 - $29,361  
   
Commission
$3,020 - $40,547  
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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$27,450 - $81,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 38

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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

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

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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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $49K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $62K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $54K in this role. 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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Key Stats for Hearing Instrument Specialist

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
036
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Hearing Instrument Specialist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$52,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Hearing Instrument Specialist Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 41%

National Average
$52,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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