Audio Engineer Salary
|Salary||$25,257 - $82,638|
|Bonus||$295.90 - $14,681|
|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).)
|$24,873 - $85,972|
|Hourly Rate||$11.70 - $40.50|
|Overtime||$18.82 - $68.78|
|Bonus||$295.90 - $14,681|
|Total Pay (||$24,873 - $85,972|
Job Description for Audio Engineer
An audio engineer uses analog and/or digital sound equipment to record, master, mix, synchronize, replicate, and create audio files. This individual may be employed in various entertainment industries, including the movie, music, television, theater, and video game industries. The day-to-day responsibilities of an audio engineer include the creation, recording, mixing and mastering of music, ambient sounds, and audio effects. Additionally, the audio engineer is responsible for working to optimize, quantize, and compress the audio they develop to deliver the best possible sound quality while minimizing the size of necessary sound files. The audio engineer also works with other engineers to develop and design rich sound environments used in their specific media type.Read More...
This position may be a full- or part-time position, and the audio engineer works primarily with other engineers, game designers, sound designers, producers, and artists within the organization. Individuals in this position normally reports to a head audio engineer, or an audio team lead. Most of the time, the audio engineer works indoors in a studio environment using recording consoles and/or digital computer workstations; some audio engineers may work on a stage or directly on the production consoles and workstations. Sitting and standing for extended periods of time is normal, and some walking and lifting is occasionally required.
This position generally requires at least a high school diploma or equivalent and some familiarity with the specific equipment used by audio engineers and recording artists. An associate's or bachelor's degree in recording arts, music, audio engineering, or a related field is typically preferred for most positions. Experience in producing audio is strongly preferred for most positions, and this may be a combination of formal and on-the-job experience. Audio engineers must have knowledge of recording consoles, analog synthesizers, and noise machines. Strong knowledge of digital audio editing software such as ProTools, Logic Pro, and Ableton Live is necessary as well. Previous mixing and mastering experience is a plus. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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.
Common Career Paths for Audio Engineer
Audio Engineers who advance into the role of a Technical Director are fairly uncommon. Technical Directors on average earn $87K per year. Many Audio Engineers choose to become Audio/Visual Technicians and Audiovisual Equipment Technicians as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $5K less and $7K less, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Audio Engineer
Audio Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Pro Tools, Mixing, and Audio are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 13 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Those listing Audiovisual Tools as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Video Editing and Audiovisual Hardware also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Audiovisual Systems indicates knowledge of Audiovisual Hardware.
Pay by Experience Level for Audio Engineer
Pay by Experience for an Audio Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Audio Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 332 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Audio Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 233 salaries. An experienced Audio Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 192 salaries. An Audio Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 70 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Audio Engineers, 42 percent higher than the national average. Audio Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+38 percent), Denver (+18 percent), New York (+14 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Audio Engineers in Orlando earning a whopping 20 percent below the national average. Workers in Philadelphia and Miami earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (18 percent less and 11 percent less, respectively).
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