Sound Designer Salary

The average pay for a Sound Designer is $49,696 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.

$32,154 - $89,396
(Median)
$32K
$50K
$89K
MEDIAN: $49,695
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90%

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$11.74 - $40.85
(Median)
$12
$20
$41
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$32,154 - $89,396  
   
Bonus
$197.97 - $5,918  
Commission
$26,500  
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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$30,982 - $93,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 86
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $40.85  
   
Overtime
$20.33 - $63.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$197.97 - $5,918  
   
Commission
$26,500  
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).
)
$30,982 - $93,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Sound Designer

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

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Experience Affects Sound Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 73%

Experienced
up arrow 36%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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