Audio/Visual Technician Salary

Male Audio/Visual Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $16.62 per hour in the United States. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and experience level are driving factors as well. Although a fair number have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. For the most part, Audio/Visual Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,769 - $61,232
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $41,395
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$11.96 - $25.56
(Median)
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,769 - $61,232  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,023  
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
Commission
$1,500  
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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$26,768 - $59,669  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 306
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.96 - $25.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.22  
Overtime
$18.40 - $38.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,023  
   
Commission
$1,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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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$26,768 - $59,669  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 660
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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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At the upper end, Audio/Visual Technicians who move into an Audio Visual Specialist role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Audio Visual Specialists is a much higher $51K per year. With an annual salary of $50K, Audiovisual Supervisor is the most common role for Audio/Visual Technicians to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Audiovisual Equipment Technician role — which usually pays $37K — is also typical for Audio/Visual Technicians, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Audio/Visual Technician


Compass Group offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $44K.

Audio/Visual Technicians will find the worst pay at psav, where the median salary crawls in at $31K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $40K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Audio/Visual Technician


Audio/Visual Technicians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Audiovisual Tools, Video Editing, Systems Troubleshooting, and Audiovisual Systems are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Information Technology Support and Audiovisual Hardware. Most people who know 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $36K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $46K. Audio/Visual Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $47K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,084

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

For Audio/Visual Technicians, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Audio/Visual Technicians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+25 percent), Washington (+22 percent), Las Vegas (+17 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Miami, 17 percent below the national average. Orlando and Nashville are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Audio/Visual Technician Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Audio/Visual Technician Salaries

Audiovisual Tools
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Video Editing
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Audiovisual Systems
up arrow 1%

Systems Troubleshooting
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Customer Service
0%

National Average
$39,000

Troubleshooting
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Audiovisual Hardware
up arrow 8%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 128 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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