Men make up the majority of Audio/Visual Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $17.04 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the particular employer. While some workers in this profession — about a third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and over one-half have dental insurance. The majority of Audio/Visual Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,386 - $66,635
(Median)
$29K
$42K
$67K
MEDIAN: $42,175
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$12.44 - $26.37
(Median)
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,386 - $66,635  
   
Bonus
$494.80 - $5,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Commission
$2,568  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$27,463 - $63,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 248
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.44 - $26.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.26  
Overtime
$18.73 - $41.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$494.80 - $5,500  
   
Commission
$2,568  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$27,463 - $63,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 596
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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.

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Audio/Visual Technician Tasks

  • Clean, maintain, and update equipment, including software and batteries.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve equipment and technical problems.
  • Transport, set up, and re-pack video, sound and electronic equipment in various locations.
  • Research potential equipment purchases.

Common Career Paths for Audio/Visual Technician


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Audio/Visual Technicians' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Audio Visual Specialist. The average Audio Visual Specialist brings home $51K per year. An Audiovisual Equipment Technician role is the most common promotion for Audio/Visual Technicians moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $37K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Audio/Visual Technicians is an Audiovisual Supervisor position, where earnings are usually $50K.

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Compass Group leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $46K.

Psav reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $33K) but some workers make up to $54K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings.

Popular Skills for Audio/Visual Technician


Survey results imply that Audio/Visual Technicians deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $36K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Audio/Visual Technicians make a median salary of $46K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Audio/Visual Technician with more than 20 years of experience can earn $50K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,778

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Eastern cities like Boston, New York, and Washington are lucrative areas for Audio/Visual Technicians, where pay is higher than the national average. Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. On the whole, employers pay 8 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Miami and Houston.

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Experience Affects Audio/Visual Technician Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Audio/Visual Technician Salaries

Audiovisual Tools
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Production Management
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Video Editing
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Systems Troubleshooting
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National Average
$40,000

Audio Visual Equipment Use
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Audiovisual Systems
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Customer Service
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Production Support
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Troubleshooting
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Audiovisual Hardware
up arrow 9%

Equipment Maintenance
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Information Technology (IT) Support
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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