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Audio/Visual Technician Salary

Audio/Visual Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $16.28 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. While close to a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. Most Audio/Visual Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,756 - $59,368
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $40,686
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$11.62 - $24.91
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,756 - $59,368  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,655  
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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$26,068 - $56,104  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 236
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.62 - $24.91  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $36.37  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,655  
   
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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$26,068 - $56,104  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 498

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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 seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Troubleshooting, Audiovisual Tools, Video Editing, and Audiovisual Systems are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $35K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Audio/Visual Technicians make a median salary of $43K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $47K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Audio/Visual Technicians, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Audio/Visual Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+25 percent), Washington (+24 percent), San Francisco (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Audio/Visual Technicians in Orlando make 20 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Miami (17 percent lower) and Phoenix (8 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Audio/Visual Technician Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Audio/Visual Technician Salaries

Troubleshooting
up arrow 14%

Audiovisual Tools
up arrow 13%

Audiovisual Systems
up arrow 3%

Video Editing
up arrow 3%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Information Technology (IT) Support
0%

National Average
$38,000

Audiovisual Hardware
up arrow 7%

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
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 26%
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