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LOW Pay for Audiologists!

David & Gwen Coffin djcoffin at LINKNET.NET
Tue Aug 15 07:50:34 EST 1995

As some of you may have seen me mention, for the past few months I have been 
looking for a change in jobs.  I have always known that a one cannot get 
rich by being a clinical audiologist.  But, it just seems that the amount of 
money some employers are offering is ridiculously low!.   Last week I sent a 
resume to a clinic in the San Francisco bay area.  They called me for an 
interview.  I was considering it until I asked for a pay range.  They were 
wanting to pay someone with their CCC $25,000, and a CFY $23,000.  You 
couldn't even live on that in that area!   I am sure that they know many 
CFY's will work for peanuts, just because they need the experience.  (I also 
heard that they have VERY high turnover . . . I wonder why . . .)

I know that this is a simple case of supply and demand.  The supply of 
audiologists is high, therefore the salaries are low.  But what can be done 
about this?  I have heard people say "well, just don't take the low paying 
jobs."  We cannot expect a new CFY to 'hold-out' for a high paying job when 
they really aren't out there.  Are schools pumping out too many 
audiologists?  Will the Au.D. really help this?

I know that there may not be answers for my questions, but I do feel better 
for venting my frustrations!  

David J. Coffin, M.A., CCC-A
Center for Audiology
Alexandria, LA

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