Audio Engineer Salary

An Audio Engineer earns an average salary of $44,098 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Pro Tools, Mixing, and Audio. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
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$25,067 - $81,540
$25K
$44K
$82K
MEDIAN: $44,098
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$10.17 - $39.71
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MEDIAN: $18.77
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$25,067 - $81,540  
   
Bonus
$350.00 - $10,113  
Profit Sharing
$2,625  
Commission
$14,740  
Total Pay (?
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$24,214 - $83,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 354
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$10.17 - $39.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.73  
Overtime
$18.04 - $65.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$350.00 - $10,113  
   
Commission
$14,740  
Profit Sharing
$2,625  
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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$24,214 - $83,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 303

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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

  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Audio Engineer

Pay by Experience for an Audio Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Audio Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 332 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Audio Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 233 salaries. An experienced Audio Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 192 salaries. An Audio Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 70 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,686

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Audio Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Audio Engineer?

Audio Engineer in Washington:
"The work is inconsistent, but it's easy and can be fun!"
Pros: I like having my hands in the music on a technical level. I have been a musician all of my life, so I feel this comes to me very naturally. I am good at planning, troubleshooting, and identifying tasks, so I am comfortable being a leader during setup, sound check and breakdown.
Cons: My work is very seasonal. The hours drop off, and the employers have very little commitment to helping me stay afloat during the off season. If you don't have several jobs, you could be stuck in a dry spot. This also means that all of the jobs are part time, have few benefits, and you will be looking for insurance on your own. There is also a large amount of responsibility for relatively low pay.

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Key Stats for Audio Engineer

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Audio Engineer Salaries

▲53%

▲24%

▲1%

National Average
$43,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Audio Engineer Salaries

Pro Tools
▲34%

Mixing
▲17%

Audio
▲14%


Audio Mixing
▲1%

Pro/Engineer
▼0%

National Average
$43,000


▼2%


Video Editing
▼7%

Audiovisual Tools
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 31%
no benefits
None: 49%