Audio Engineer Salary (United States)

An Audio Engineer earns an average salary of $44,095 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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$25,279 - $79,646
(Median)
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57K
80K
MEDIAN: $44,094
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Audio Engineer Total Pay (?
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$10.13 - $42.16
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$25,279 - $79,646  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,017  
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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$23,310 - $85,882  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 574
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$10.13 - $42.16  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13 - $2.54  
Overtime
$15.37 - $68.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,017  
   
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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$23,310 - $85,882  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 574
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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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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
San Francisco
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Los Angeles
up arrow 30%
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Seattle
up arrow 16%
Orlando
up arrow 12%
Boston
up arrow 5%
Phoenix
up arrow 3%
Las Vegas
up arrow 1%
National Average
$43,000
Atlanta
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Philadelphia
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Chicago
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Dallas
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Nashville
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Experience Affects Audio Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%
Experienced
up arrow 20%
Mid-Career
up arrow 3%
National Average
$43,000

Skills That Affect Audio Engineer Salaries

Audiovisual Systems
up arrow 13%
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
29%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 55% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 44%
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