Audio/Visual Technician Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Audio/Visual Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $17.08 per hour nationwide. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by geography and tenure. Work is enjoyable for Audio/Visual Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — nearly one-third — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and slightly more than half have dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,865 - $65,340
$29K
$43K
$65K
MEDIAN: $43,456
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$12.57 - $26.45
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$26
MEDIAN: $17.08
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$28,865 - $65,340  
   
Bonus
$494.80 - $5,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,007  
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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$27,721 - $63,101  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 231
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.57 - $26.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.26  
Overtime
$18.72 - $40.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$494.80 - $5,500  
   
Commission
$2,568  
Profit Sharing
$1,007  
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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$27,721 - $63,101  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 608

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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

  • 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


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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.

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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

Pay by Experience for an Audio/Visual Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Audio/Visual Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 487 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Audio/Visual Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 289 salaries. An experienced Audio/Visual Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 199 salaries. An Audio/Visual Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 62 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,983

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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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Key Stats for Audio/Visual Technician

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 108 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Audio/Visual Technician Salaries

▲25%

▲20%

▲6%

National Average
$40,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Audio/Visual Technician Salaries

Audiovisual Tools
▲6%



Audio Visual Equipment Use
▼0%

Systems Troubleshooting
▼0%

National Average
$40,000




Troubleshooting
▼6%

Audiovisual Hardware
▼10%

Equipment Maintenance
▼11%

Information Technology (IT) Support
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 32%