LOW Pay for Audiologists!
acampane at postbox.acs.ohio-state.edu
Mon Aug 21 09:30:01 EST 1995
In article <9508151249.AA15017 at linknet.net> djcoffin at LINKNET.NET (David & Gwen Coffin) writes:
>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 am not an audiologist.. I'm a physicist - that 'hung out a shingle' about
20 years ago..
My only comment is that it has been my impression that most if not all
MD's, Dentists, Optometrists, Pharamcists & Audiologists & other educated
professional health care specialists took it as a "given" that they would
enter into private practice on getting their Doctorate.
In recent decades, I have been surprised at the number of these folks that
have NOT done so, but rather have taken salaried jobs in commercial or
governmental institutions... Perhaps that trend has played-to-the-limit,
where there are so many of you competing for the salaried positions that
supply and demand priciples have taken over.
>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?
That may be true in part. What would you have them (the schools) do?
One thing I might suggest is that they teach free enterprise..
"Methods of establishing a private practice; precepts and economoics", or
the like. It ought to CLEARLY enunciate what I know to be true; that the
"pay" is low in the beginning, but later years (after 5-10 years,
typically) you get ahead as compared to a salary. If nothing else, you
lead a more fulfilled life since you can pursue the modus operandi you
like. One has to presume that the Doctorate person has a little extra to
give to life that will be rewarded.. And that I believe to be true.
Maybe I'm an idealist, but that's the way I see it.
Don't be afraid to launch your own practice.
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