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Sound Engineer Salary (United States)

The average wage for a Sound Engineer is $19.65 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.
Sound Engineer Salary (?
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$26,108 - $98,250
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MEDIAN: $39,677
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Sound Engineer Salary (?
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$9.96 - $36.06
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$26,108 - $98,250  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $48,479  
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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$21,146 - $96,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $36.06  
   
Overtime
$15.46 - $65.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $48,479  
   
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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$21,146 - $96,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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Job Description for Sound Engineer

Sound engineers - also called sound technicians, audio engineers, broadcast engineers, and recording engineers - oversees recording and production of sound files. They work in a variety of venues, such as concert halls, stadiums, and theaters. Sound engineers may also be found in recording studios, where they may work on production or post-production for music and movies. The sound engineer often directs a team, and they have to ensure the team works together for the best possible production. Sound engineers also often work with clients to make sure teams are performing to their level of satisfaction. Additionally, theses engineers are often responsible for maintaining and repairing the equipment with which they work.
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Sound 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 Sound Engineer

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

Sound Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Sound Engineer?
Sound Engineer in Boston:
"Its Hard Work."
Pros: That it envolves math and that some of the work is hard but when you do you feel good about it.
Cons: I really like every thing about my job.
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Experience Affects Sound Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 66%
Experienced
up arrow 23%
Mid-Career
0%
National Average
$40,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
12%
female alumni
 
Male
88%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 37% dental benefits Dental: 24%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 61%