Audio/Visual Technician Salary

A sizeable majority of Audio/Visual Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $16.62 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Most Audio/Visual Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by over one-half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,769 - $61,232
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$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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Audio/Visual Technicians may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Audio Visual Specialist. The latter position pays an average of $51K annually. An Audiovisual Supervisor role is the most common promotion for Audio/Visual Technicians moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $50K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Audio/Visual Technicians is an Audiovisual Equipment Technician position, where earnings are usually $37K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Audio/Visual Technician


Audio/Visual Technicians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Compass Group, where the average salary comes to $44K.

Psav doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $31K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $40K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for Audio/Visual Technician


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Audiovisual Tools, Video Editing, Systems Troubleshooting, and Audiovisual Systems are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Information Technology Support and Audiovisual Hardware. For most people, competency in Audiovisual Systems indicates knowledge of Video Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Audio/Visual Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Audio/Visual Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $36K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $41K. Audio/Visual Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $46K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $47K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,084

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

Home to some of the best pay for Audio/Visual Technicians, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 25 percent above the national average. Audio/Visual Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like 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. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Orlando and Nashville (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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