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Audio Engineer Salary (United States)

Most Audio Engineers in the United States are men. Tutors earn an average of $45K annually,. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. While just over two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and roughly two-fifths have dental, as well. Job satisfaction for Audio Engineers is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Audio Engineer Salary (?
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$25,463 - $81,925
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MEDIAN: $44,785
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Audio Engineer Salary (?
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$10.09 - $40.45
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$25,463 - $81,925  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,955  
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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$23,206 - $85,975  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 306
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$10.09 - $40.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13 - $2.19  
Overtime
$15.32 - $67.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,955  
   
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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$23,206 - $85,975  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 258
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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 report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Audiovisual Tools, Audiovisual Systems, Audiovisual Hardware, and Pro/Engineer are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Audiovisual Systems also know Audiovisual Hardware.

Pay by Experience Level for Audio Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Audio Engineers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $36K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $44K. Audio Engineers see a median salary of $53K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $62K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up between a fifth and a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining approximately one in seven.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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Las Vegas
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Seattle
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Chicago
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Atlanta
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Phoenix
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National Average
$43,000
Philadelphia
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Orlando
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Charlotte
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Nashville
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For Audio Engineers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 92 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Seattle, and New York, where Audio Engineers annually earn 31 percent, 18 percent, 16 percent, and 15 percent more than the national average. Place of residence plays a huge part in an Audio Engineer's salary, with Nashville Audio Engineers earning salaries that are 27 percent less than the national average. Charlotte and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 19 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Audio Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$43,000

Skills That Affect Audio Engineer Salaries

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

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
6%
female alumni
 
Male
94%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 42%