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  • Salaries within the National Health Service (NHS) are usually covered by the Agenda for Change (AfC) Pay Rates . Audiologists usually start on Band 5: £21,176 - £27,625.
  • Audiological scientist trainees on the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) start at Band 6: £25,528 - £34,189.
  • Newly registered audiological scientists are typically employed on Band 7: £30,460 - £40,157.
  • Range of salaries for clinical scientists (audiology) at senior level/with experience (Bands 8 - 9): £38,851 - £97,478.
  • Working hours are mainly 9am to 5pm, with some extra hours. Some departments employ 'extended working', operating on a four-day working week to cover demand for their services.
  • The work is usually based in a hospital or university environment, although it may sometimes be conducted in community settings.
  • Many audiological scientists are employed by universities in a teaching and research capacity.
  • There is a worldwide shortage of audiological scientists, which may present opportunities for working abroad, particularly in developing countries.
  • Self-employment/freelance work may be possible, as are locum work, part-time work and career breaks.
  • Working with people of all ages who may be distressed or have disabilities can be demanding but also rewarding.
  • Travel within the working day is sometimes required. Absences from home overnight and overseas work or travel are infrequent.

Salary data from the National Health Service (NHS). Figures are intended as a guide only.

Written by AGCAS editors
November 2012

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