By Patricia Gaffney This article is a part of the July/August, Volume 35, Number 4, Audiology Today issue. In the early 2000s, there were many questions and misconceptions about the new doctor of audiology (AuD) degree. This was particularly a debate when it came to the impact of the additional cost of tuition on student loan amounts, the structure of the externship compared to the clinical fellowship year (CFY), and starting salaries for this new degree. Starting salary was a hot topic because there were people touting the new doctoral degree would yield significantly higher starting salaries, but job postings at the time did not corroborate this discourse. Another concern was the salary disparity between students completing post-bachelor’s, on-campus AuDs and those who were practicing audiologists earning a post-master’s AuD online. Post-master’s audiologists generally had higher salaries, as they were already working, which led to more confusion regarding the financial impact of the new post-bachelor’s AuD. This content is an exclusive benefit for American Academy of Audiology members. If you're a member, log in and you'll get immediate access. Member Login If you're not yet a member, you'll be interested to know that joining not only gives you access to top-notch resources like this one, but also invitations to member-only events, inclusion in the member directory, participation in professional forums, and access to patient resources, tools, and continuing education. Join today!