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Engineer, Music Recording Salary

An Engineer, Music Recording earns an average wage of $19.90 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.

$22,249 - $98,043
(Median)
$22K
$40K
$98K
MEDIAN: $40,425
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90%

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$9.14 - $45.30
(Median)
$9
$20
$45
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$22,249 - $98,043  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
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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$20,656 - $94,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 46
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.14 - $45.30  
   
Overtime
$11.00 - $20.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
   
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).
)
$20,656 - $94,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48

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Job Description for Engineer, Music Recording

Music recording engineers are professional audio engineers who operate a variety of sound and video recording equipment within a music studio. They record, mix, and produce music for various purposes, including albums, movies, ads, television programs, and radio broadcasts. They edit and mix the music to make it sound the best that it can, listening to it from a technical and musical perspective. They work with live artists to ensure a superior recording. Music recording engineers usually have a love for music and a respect for its technical aspects. They are intimately familiar with music studio equipment.

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Engineer, Music Recording 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 Engineer, Music Recording

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

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Experience Affects Engineer, Music Recording Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 110%

Experienced
up arrow 31%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 34% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 66%