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Average Sound Designer Salary

$53,296
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$2,918
Bonus
$10,000
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The average salary for a Sound Designer is $53,296.
10%
$34k
MEDIAN
$53k
90%
$98k
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$34k - $98k
Bonus
$961 - $15k
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$31k - $103k
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What Do Sound Designers Do?

Sound Designer Tasks
  • Compose, record, mix, and implement music and sound effects.
  • Use professional audio editing tools to record, edit, synchronize, and master audio.

Job Satisfaction for Sound Designer

3.8 out of 5
(23)
Highly Satisfied
2Reviews

Career Paths

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Sound Designer
Senior Audio and Sound Designer
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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What Are Popular Skills for Sound Designers?

Skills in Design, Games and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Audio Visual Equipment Use and Editing.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Sound Designers?

An entry-level Sound Designer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $48,709 based on 9 salaries. An early career Sound Designer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $47,394 based on 73 salaries. A mid-career Sound Designer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $53,461 based on 54 salaries. An experienced Sound Designer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 33 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $90,000.
Employees with Sound Designer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 40.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Boston, Massachusetts (38.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in New York, New York (7.1% less), Atlanta, Georgia (6.2% less) and Chicago, Illinois (4.6% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 187 survey responses.
Entry Level
4.8%
Early Career
39.0%
Mid Career
28.9%
Experienced
17.6%
Late Career
9.6%