Sound Engineer Salary

A Sound Engineer earns an average wage of $18.32 per hour.

$25,557 - $80,151
$26K
$43K
$80K
MEDIAN: $43,173
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$10.35 - $48.84
$10
$18
$49
MEDIAN: $18.32
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$25,557 - $80,151  
   
Bonus
$1,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,524  
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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$24,286 - $84,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 70
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.35 - $48.84  
   
Overtime
$10.14 - $37.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,524  
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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$24,286 - $84,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 81

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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

  • 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.

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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.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,854

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Sound Engineer Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Sound Engineer

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Sound Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
▲16%

Mid-Career
▲15%

▲1%

National Average
$42,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Sound Engineer Salaries

National Average
$42,000

Audiovisual Systems
▼13%

Audio Visual Equipment Use
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 33%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
no benefits
None: 65%