Audio/Visual Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Audio/Visual Technicians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $16.36 per hour. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Audio/Visual Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. While nearly one in four report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,844 - $59,662
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$60K
MEDIAN: $40,722
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$11.70 - $25.18
(Median)
$12
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,844 - $59,662  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,539  
Profit Sharing
$1,008 - $2,543  
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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$26,228 - $57,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 255
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.70 - $25.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.04 - $2.03  
Overtime
$17.84 - $36.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,539  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,008 - $2,543  
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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$26,228 - $57,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 546
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Audiovisual Supervisor, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $50K per year.

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Popular Skills for Audio/Visual Technician


Audio/Visual Technicians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Troubleshooting, Audiovisual Tools, Systems Troubleshooting, and Audiovisual Systems are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Audiovisual Hardware. Most people familiar with 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $35K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $44K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $47K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 25 percent, Audio/Visual Technicians in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Audio/Visual Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+21 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), San Francisco (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Miami is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and Nashville (17 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Audio/Visual Technician Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Audio/Visual Technician Salaries

Troubleshooting
up arrow 13%

Audiovisual Tools
up arrow 7%

Audiovisual Systems
up arrow 3%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Video Editing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 1%

Audiovisual Hardware
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 125 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 26%
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