Audio/Visual Technician Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Audio/Visual Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $16.34 per hour nationwide. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Some workers in this field — roughly one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,856 - $59,627
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$60K
MEDIAN: $40,682
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$11.70 - $25.17
(Median)
$12
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,856 - $59,627  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,518  
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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$26,235 - $57,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 256
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.70 - $25.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.04 - $2.03  
Overtime
$17.76 - $37.12  
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 - $2,518  
   
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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$26,235 - $57,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 556
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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.

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While Audio/Visual Technicians do not often become Audiovisual Supervisors, the job pays $50K per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Audio/Visual Technician


Survey results suggest that Audio/Visual Technicians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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. Those familiar with Audiovisual Systems also tend to know Video Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Audio/Visual Technician

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $35K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $41K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $43K in this role. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Audio/Visual Technician with more than 20 years of experience can earn $47K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Audio/Visual Technicians, 25 percent above the national average. Audio/Visual Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+21 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Nashville and Orlando (12 percent less).

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Experience Affects Audio/Visual Technician Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Audio/Visual Technician Salaries

Troubleshooting
up arrow 13%

Audiovisual Tools
up arrow 8%

Audiovisual Systems
up arrow 3%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Video Editing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$38,000

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 1%

Audiovisual Hardware
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 126 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: 27%
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