Average Audio Engineer Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for an Audio Engineer is $20.39.
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Hourly Rate
$12 - $42
$203 - $14,681
Profit Sharing
$10 - $24,468
$4,000 - $15,000
Total Pay
$27,236 - $88,384

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Job Description for Audio Engineer

Audio 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.

Job Satisfaction for Audio Engineer

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Popular Skills for Audio Engineer

Skills in Pro/Engineer and Editing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Equipment Maintenance, Systems Troubleshooting and Audio Visual Equipment Use.

Pay by Experience Level for Audio Engineer

An entry-level Audio Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $16.32 based on 25 salaries. An early career Audio Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.76 based on 376 salaries. A mid-career Audio Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $20.64 based on 282 salaries. An experienced Audio Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $26.19 based on 291 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $34.
Employees with Audio Engineer in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 46.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Washington, District of Columbia (37.3% more) and Los Angeles, California (23.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Nashville, Tennessee (1.9% less).

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