Average Sound Designer Salary

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The average salary for a Sound Designer is $51,187.
MEDIAN $51,187
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$35k - $93k
$991 - $12k
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$0 - $6k
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$31k - $99k

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Job Description for Sound Designer

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

Career Paths

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Sound Designer
Senior Audio and Sound Designer
Product Designer
Re Recording Mixer
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Sound Designer

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

Pay by Experience Level for Sound Designer

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 $47,453 based on 7 salaries. An early career Sound Designer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,553 based on 85 salaries. A mid-career Sound Designer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,779 based on 59 salaries. An experienced Sound Designer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $69,666 based on 35 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 Boston, Massachusetts earn an average of 44.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (17.2% more) and Los Angeles, California (15.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (17.0% less) and New York, New York (2.3% less).

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