Audio/Visual Technician Salary
|Salary||$28,865 - $65,340|
|Bonus||$494.80 - $5,500|
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).)
|$27,721 - $63,101|
|Hourly Rate||$12.57 - $26.45|
|Overtime||$18.72 - $40.59|
|Bonus||$494.80 - $5,500|
|Total Pay (||$27,721 - $63,101|
Job Description for Audio/Visual Technician
The audio/visual (AV) technician helps provide needed equipment for events and may operate that equipment as well. The technician also helps maintain all gear and keeps specialized equipment organized. Companies and business that host events and conventions (and the technical providers that work with these venues) are the typical employers for AV technicians. Many larger hotels host events and presentations on a daily basis and have an AV technician on staff, and many school districts employ AV technicians as well.Read More...
The technician must have a good understanding of the acoustic and viewing challenges for each space in which AV equipment will be used. They then make recommendations to the client on necessary equipment. The technician performs all equipment setup and ensures that all gear is working properly. Additionally, they handle smaller details such as ensuring electrical cords are organized and taped down as necessary to ensure guest safety. The technician may also be called upon to operate the equipment for the clients during any presentations. Another aspect of the AV technician’s job is the proper maintenance and handling of all AV gear. Additionally, the AV technician is normally required to keep a log of all gear under his or her care, including items that are out for repair.
Frequently, a high school diploma or equivalent is required for this position, as well as experience in the field. AV technicians typically work during regular business hours, but they may need weekend and holiday availability for events as well. The job requires a mix of office and on-location work setting up equipment, and it requires the technician to comfortably lift 50 pounds or more fairly routinely.
Audio/Visual Technician Tasks
- Transport, set up, and re-pack video, sound and electronic equipment in various locations.
- Research potential equipment purchases.
- Clean, maintain, and update equipment, including software and batteries.
- Troubleshoot and resolve equipment and technical problems.
Common Career Paths for Audio/Visual Technician
There are some Audio/Visual Technicians — though it's uncommon — that transition into Audio Visual Specialists, where earnings are an average $50K annually. More often than not, an Audiovisual Supervisor role is the next step for Audio/Visual Technicians moving up in the field. Audiovisual Supervisors usually make $49K per year. Many other Audio/Visual Technicians choose to take on an Audiovisual Equipment Technician role, where salaries are typically $38K.
Popular Employer Salaries for Audio/Visual Technician
The biggest paychecks can be found at Avi-Spl, Inc — the median salary there is $52K.
Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — psav offers the lowest median salary at $33K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $25K and $51K.
Popular Skills for Audio/Visual Technician
Survey takers working as Audio/Visual Technicians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Audiovisual Tools, Production Management, Video Editing, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Information Technology Support as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Equipment Maintenance and Audiovisual Hardware also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Audiovisual Systems also know Video Editing.
Pay by Experience Level for Audio/Visual Technician
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Audio/Visual Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $36K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $42K. Audio/Visual Technicians bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $50K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Audio/Visual Technicians, above-average compensation can be found going east — in New York, Boston, and Washington, in particular. With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Orlando is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Miami and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).
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