Audio Engineer Salary

An Audio Engineer earns an average salary of $44,492 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. A skill in Pro Tools is associated with high pay for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
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$26,305 - $82,086
(Median)
$26K
$44K
$82K
MEDIAN: $44,492
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$10.09 - $39.72
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$26,305 - $82,086  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,113  
Total Pay (?
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$23,960 - $84,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 357
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$10.09 - $39.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13 - $1.67  
Overtime
$16.48 - $66.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,113  
   
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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$23,960 - $84,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 313
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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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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




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Audio Engineer Salaries

Pro Tools
up arrow 13%

Audiovisual Systems
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National Average
$43,000

Pro/Engineer
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Audiovisual Tools
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 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
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 40%
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