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Audio Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Audio Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $44K per year. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although two in five lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and roughly two-fifths get dental coverage, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$25,746 - $80,634
(Median)
$26K
$44K
$81K
MEDIAN: $44,135
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$10.17 - $40.25
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$19
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$25,746 - $80,634  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,973  
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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$24,108 - $84,199  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 348
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$10.17 - $40.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13 - $1.80  
Overtime
$16.35 - $67.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,973  
   
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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$24,108 - $84,199  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 304

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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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Popular Skills for Audio Engineer


Audio Engineers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Pro Tools, Audiovisual Systems, Pro/Engineer, and Audiovisual Hardware are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Audiovisual Tools. It is often found that people who know Audiovisual Systems are also skilled in Audiovisual Hardware.

Pay by Experience Level for Audio Engineer

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


Audio Engineers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $37K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $43K. On average, Audio Engineers make $53K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $64K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 91 percent, Audio Engineers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Audio Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), Las Vegas (+19 percent), and Minneapolis (+17 percent). Audio Engineers in Nashville earn salaries far below the national average by 25 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Orlando and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

Audio Engineer Reviews

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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Experience Affects Audio Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Audio Engineer Salaries

Pro Tools
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Audiovisual Systems
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Pro/Engineer
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National Average
$43,000

Audiovisual Hardware
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Audiovisual Tools
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 41%
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