The average pay for a Sound Designer is $49,901 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.

$30,365 - $84,856
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MEDIAN: $49,901
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MEDIAN: $20.32
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$30,365 - $84,856  
   
Bonus
$997 - $10,067  
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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$30,189 - $85,336  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 78
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.00 - $40.00  
   
Overtime
$8.44 - $45.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$997 - $10,067  
   
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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$30,189 - $85,336  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 49

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Job Description for Sound Designer

Sound designers work on a variety of production teams in a range of outlets, including movies, television shows, video games, and more. They are generally responsible for sound production and editing, which includes creating and mixing and creating sounds to achieve desired effects. These designers may work independently or on teams with other designers, but almost always coordinate with other departments and directors involved in projects. Sound designers may work project-by-project as independent contractors or for established companies. Their hours may vary depending on their employers' needs; they generally work indoors and may work during regular business hours.

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Sound Designer Tasks

  • Compose, record, mix, and implement music and sound effects.
  • Use professional audio editing tools to record, edit, synchronize, and master audio.

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Pay by Experience Level for Sound Designer

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

Key Stats for Sound Designer

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
044
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Sound Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 99%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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