An Audio Engineer earns an average salary of $43,826 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Mixing, Pro Tools, and Audio. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
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$24,808 - $82,342
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MEDIAN: $43,826
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$10.25 - $40.07
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$24,808 - $82,342  
   
Bonus
$304.10 - $10,264  
Total Pay (?
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$24,218 - $84,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 372
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$10.25 - $40.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.23  
Overtime
$17.97 - $67.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$304.10 - $10,264  
   
Total Pay (?
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$24,218 - $84,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 328
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Audio Engineer

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,391

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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




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Audio Engineer Salaries

Mixing
up arrow 40%

Pro Tools
up arrow 34%

Audio
up arrow 18%

Audio Visual Equipment Use
up arrow 2%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 1%

Audiovisual Systems
up arrow 1%

Audio Mixing
up arrow 1%

Editing
0%

National Average
$42,000


Video Editing
up arrow 17%

Audiovisual Tools
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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