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Audio/Visual Technician Salary

Men account for the majority of Audio/Visual Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $16.25 per hour. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although around one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and over one-half get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,728 - $59,307
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$59K
MEDIAN: $40,471
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$11.60 - $24.77
(Median)
$12
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,728 - $59,307  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,529  
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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$26,001 - $55,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 224
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.60 - $24.77  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $36.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,529  
   
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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$26,001 - $55,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 475

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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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It's not very common for Audio/Visual Technicians to move on to become Audiovisual Supervisors. Average pay for an Audiovisual Supervisor is $50K annually.

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Popular Skills for Audio/Visual Technician


Audio/Visual Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Audiovisual Tools, Audiovisual Systems, Video Editing, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Audiovisual Hardware. 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.


For Audio/Visual Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $35K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $40K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Audio/Visual Technicians make $43K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Audio/Visual Technician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $46K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Audio/Visual Technicians, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Audio/Visual Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+24 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). Miami is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (17 percent lower) and Chicago (8 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Audio/Visual Technician Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Audio/Visual Technician Salaries

Audiovisual Tools
up arrow 13%

Audiovisual Systems
up arrow 3%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Video Editing
up arrow 2%

Information Technology (IT) Support
0%

National Average
$38,000

Audiovisual Hardware
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 123 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
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 27%