$45,925
Avg. Salary
$19.92
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$2,023

Profit Sharing

$4,000

Commission

$12,500

The average pay for an Audio Engineer is $19.92 per hour.

The average pay for an Audio Engineer is $45,925 per year.

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$41
90%
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MEDIAN $45,925
$25,790 - $81,976
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MEDIAN: $45,925
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$11.68 - $40.73
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$0$86K
Salary $25,790 - $81,976
Bonus $293 - $12,723
Profit Sharing $4,000
Commission $12,500
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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$24,997 - $86,307
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 641
Hourly Data $0$69
Hourly Rate $11.68 - $40.73
Hourly Tips $1.00
Overtime $18.18 - $69.14
Annual Data $0$86K
Bonus $293 - $12,723
Commission $12,500
Profit Sharing $4,000
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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$24,997 - $86,307
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 571

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.

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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


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Audio Engineer Job Listings

Popular Skills for Audio Engineer

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

40%

16%

12%

10%

-9%

-13%

-21%

National Average: $44,844

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Audio Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Audio Engineer?

Audio Engineer in San Francisco, California:
"Busy, but pays well."
Pros: lots of high end work
Cons: the traffic, commute, and high cost of living

Audio Engineer in New York:
"Great opertunity."
Pros: the endless amount of work
Cons: the city

Audio Engineer in Bloomington:
Pros: Things to do, food, city culture.
Cons: Traffic/commute, taxes, increase in the homeless population.

Audio Engineer in Duluth:
"Demand at least minimum wage annual salary."
Before you start working in the audio engineering field, ensure that you'll be making at the very least a salary that equals 8 hours a day 5 days a week minimum wage.

Audio Engineer in Washington:
"The work is inconsistent, but it's easy and can be fun!"
Pros: I like having my hands in the music on a technical level. I have been a musician all of my life, so I feel this comes to me very naturally. I am good at planning, troubleshooting, and identifying tasks, so I am comfortable being a leader during setup, sound check and breakdown.
Cons: My work is very seasonal. The hours drop off, and the employers have very little commitment to helping me stay afloat during the off season. If you don't have several jobs, you could be stuck in a dry spot. This also means that all of the jobs are part time, have few benefits, and you will be looking for insurance on your own. There is also a large amount of responsibility for relatively low pay.

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Key Stats for Audio Engineer

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 162 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%

Experience Affects Audio Engineer Salaries

▲46%

▲18%

National Average
$45,000

▼4%

▼15%

Skills That Affect Audio Engineer Salaries

Pro Tools
▲27%

Mixing
▲11%

Audio
▲9%

National Average
$45,000


Audio Mixing
▼4%

Pro/Engineer
▼5%


▼7%


Video Editing
▼12%

Audiovisual Tools
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 162 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
no benefits
None: 48%