Sound Engineer Salary
A Sound Engineer earns an average wage of $18.32 per hour.
|Salary||$25,494 - $77,687|
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|$24,470 - $83,690|
|Hourly Rate||$10.52 - $48.58|
|Overtime||$10.17 - $42.00|
|Total Pay (||$24,470 - $83,690|
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.Read More...
Sound engineers often have no set schedule, as they are working around events that are being performed at the venues in which they work. Those engineers employed in a studio also must work around the schedules of the clients; sound engineers may find themselves working many late nights or erratic hours. In all settings, sound engineers must keep up with the newest in digital equipment, software, and hardware as they apply to the field.
A high school diploma or equivalent is generally the minimum educational requirement for this position; relevant technical education and/or accreditation is also usually required. Some colleges also offer degree programs in sound engineering as well. A track record of sound engineering work is usually required in these positions, and excellent communication, multitasking, and planning skills are required.
Sound Engineer Tasks
- Create, update, maintain, and add to sample and sound libraries.
- Assist in postproduction with improving sound quality or adding sound over video.
- Record, layer, and produce sounds and sound effects for desired impact.
- Spot, arrange, and edit audio into video or other delivery mechanism.
Pay by Experience Level for Sound Engineer
Pay by Experience for a Sound Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Sound Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 69 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Sound Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 39 salaries. An experienced Sound Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 54 salaries. A Sound Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 26 salaries.
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