Audio Engineer Salary (United States)

An Audio Engineer earns an average salary of $44,378 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. A skill in Audiovisual Systems is associated with high pay for this job.
Audio Engineer Total Pay (?
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$25,169 - $80,855
(Median)
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81K
MEDIAN: $44,378
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Audio Engineer Total Pay (?
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$10.12 - $40.64
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$25,169 - $80,855  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,994  
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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$23,237 - $85,447  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 567
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$10.12 - $40.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13 - $2.19  
Overtime
$15.36 - $68.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,994  
   
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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$23,237 - $85,447  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 567
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Job Description for Audio Engineer

An audio engineer uses analog and/or digital sound equipment to record, master, mix, synchronize, replicate, and create audio files. This individual may be employed in various entertainment industries, including the movie, music, television, theater, and video game industries. The day-to-day responsibilities of an audio engineer include the creation, recording, mixing and mastering of music, ambient sounds, and audio effects. Additionally, the audio engineer is responsible for working to optimize, quantize, and compress the audio they develop to deliver the best possible sound quality while minimizing the size of necessary sound files. The audio engineer also works with other engineers to develop and design rich sound environments used in their specific media type.
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Audio Engineer Tasks
  • Record, layer, and produce sounds and sound effects for desired impact.
  • Spot, arrange, and edit audio into video or other delivery mechanism.
  • Create, update, maintain, and add to sample and sound libraries.
  • Assist in postproduction with improving sound quality or adding sound over video.

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Pay by Experience Level for Audio Engineer

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

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
up arrow 87%
Los Angeles
up arrow 31%
up arrow 17%
Seattle
up arrow 17%
Dallas
up arrow 6%
Boston
up arrow 4%
Las Vegas
up arrow 2%
Phoenix
up arrow 1%
National Average
$43,000
Atlanta
up arrow 1%
Philadelphia
up arrow 3%
Chicago
up arrow 4%
Orlando
up arrow 7%
Nashville
up arrow 19%
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Experience Affects Audio Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%
Experienced
up arrow 22%
National Average
$43,000

Skills That Affect Audio Engineer Salaries

Audiovisual Tools
up arrow 5%
Pro/Engineer
up arrow 1%
National Average
$43,000
Audiovisual Hardware
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
6%
female alumni
 
Male
94%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 43%
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