Audio Engineer Salary
|Salary||$25,075 - $80,335|
|Bonus||$387.83 - $10,090|
|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).)
|$24,233 - $83,360|
|Hourly Rate||$10.19 - $39.95|
|Overtime||$17.84 - $68.56|
|Bonus||$387.83 - $10,090|
|Total Pay (||$24,233 - $83,360|
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.Read More...
This position may be a full- or part-time position, and the audio engineer works primarily with other engineers, game designers, sound designers, producers, and artists within the organization. Individuals in this position normally reports to a head audio engineer, or an audio team lead. Most of the time, the audio engineer works indoors in a studio environment using recording consoles and/or digital computer workstations; some audio engineers may work on a stage or directly on the production consoles and workstations. Sitting and standing for extended periods of time is normal, and some walking and lifting is occasionally required.
This position generally requires at least a high school diploma or equivalent and some familiarity with the specific equipment used by audio engineers and recording artists. An associate's or bachelor's degree in recording arts, music, audio engineering, or a related field is typically preferred for most positions. Experience in producing audio is strongly preferred for most positions, and this may be a combination of formal and on-the-job experience. Audio engineers must have knowledge of recording consoles, analog synthesizers, and noise machines. Strong knowledge of digital audio editing software such as ProTools, Logic Pro, and Ableton Live is necessary as well. Previous mixing and mastering experience is a plus.
Audio Engineer Tasks
- Create, update, maintain, and add to sample and sound libraries.
- Assist in postproduction with improving sound quality or adding sound over video.
- Record, layer, and produce sounds and sound effects for desired impact.
- Spot, arrange, and edit audio into video or other delivery mechanism.
Popular Skills for Audio Engineer
Survey takers working as Audio Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Mixing, Pro Tools, and Audio are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 40 percent, 34 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Those listing Audiovisual Tools as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Video Editing and Audiovisual Hardware also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Audiovisual Systems also tend to know Audiovisual Hardware.
Pay by Experience Level for Audio Engineer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $39K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $43K. Audio Engineers bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $67K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Audio Engineers, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 49 percent greater than the national average. Audio Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+43 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Austin (+16 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Orlando, 17 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Philadelphia and 8 percent less in Miami, below-median salaries for those in this field.
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