Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

29-2092 Hearing Aid Specialists

Select and fit hearing aids for customers. Administer and interpret tests of hearing. Assess hearing instrument efficacy. Take ear impressions and prepare, design, and modify ear molds. Excludes "Audiologists" (29-1181).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
5,920 7.2 % $25.41 $52,850 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.82 $16.64 $23.85 $32.06 $38.18
Annual Wage (2) $26,660 $34,620 $49,600 $66,680 $79,400


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Health and Personal Care Stores 2,450 0.24 $27.13 $56,420
Other General Merchandise Stores 1,300 0.07 $25.41 $52,850
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 970 0.12 $20.90 $43,470
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 200 0.07 $28.71 $59,720
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 130 0.00 $20.56 $42,760

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Health and Personal Care Stores 2,450 0.24 $27.13 $56,420
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 970 0.12 $20.90 $43,470
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 200 0.07 $28.71 $59,720
Other General Merchandise Stores 1,300 0.07 $25.41 $52,850
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 60 0.01 $25.62 $53,300

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers (8) (8) $30.24 $62,900
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 200 0.07 $28.71 $59,720
Health and Personal Care Stores 2,450 0.24 $27.13 $56,420
Local Government (OES Designation) 30 (7) $26.74 $55,620
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 60 0.01 $25.62 $53,300


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 670 0.04 1.01 $27.07 $56,310
Florida 480 0.06 1.41 $27.72 $57,660
Ohio 430 0.08 1.89 $23.18 $48,220
Texas 380 0.03 0.76 $25.84 $53,760
Washington 350 0.12 2.70 $27.76 $57,750




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 350 0.12 2.70 $27.76 $57,750
Montana 50 0.11 2.51 $21.19 $44,070
Oregon 160 0.09 2.10 $23.21 $48,280
Ohio 430 0.08 1.89 $23.18 $48,220
Iowa 120 0.08 1.86 $26.31 $54,730




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maine (8) (8) (8) $44.13 $91,800
Minnesota 80 0.03 0.66 $35.52 $73,890
Pennsylvania 100 0.02 0.42 $29.87 $62,130
Washington 350 0.12 2.70 $27.76 $57,750
Florida 480 0.06 1.41 $27.72 $57,660





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Columbus, OH 120 0.12 2.85 $25.01 $52,030
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 110 0.02 0.38 $21.47 $44,660
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 90 0.05 1.16 $29.81 $62,000
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 80 0.03 0.79 $21.15 $44,000
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.05 1.07 $31.73 $66,000
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 70 0.06 1.47 $28.44 $59,150
Austin-Round Rock, TX 70 0.07 1.66 $26.24 $54,570
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 60 0.19 4.31 $28.04 $58,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.01 0.28 $27.49 $57,170
Richmond, VA 40 0.07 1.53 $28.76 $59,830




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bend-Redmond, OR 40 0.56 13.05 $18.85 $39,200
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 60 0.19 4.31 $28.04 $58,330
Columbus, OH 120 0.12 2.85 $25.01 $52,030
Richmond, VA 40 0.07 1.53 $28.76 $59,830
Austin-Round Rock, TX 70 0.07 1.66 $26.24 $54,570
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 70 0.06 1.47 $28.44 $59,150
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 30 0.06 1.40 $21.69 $45,110
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 90 0.05 1.16 $29.81 $62,000
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 40 0.05 1.21 $29.04 $60,410
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.05 1.07 $31.73 $66,000




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI (8) (8) (8) $63.19 $131,440
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $37.24 $77,460
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $35.06 $72,920
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA (8) (8) (8) $32.73 $68,080
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.05 1.07 $31.73 $66,000
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $30.01 $62,430
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 90 0.05 1.16 $29.81 $62,000
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 40 0.05 1.21 $29.04 $60,410
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (8) (8) (8) $28.84 $59,980
Richmond, VA 40 0.07 1.53 $28.76 $59,830

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 5.18 (8) (8)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 5.18 (8) (8)

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.11 $31,420


About May 2015 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016