The average hourly pay for a Sound Engineer is $19.20.
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Job Description for Sound Engineer
Sound engineers - also called sound technicians, audio engineers, broadcast engineers, and recording engineers - oversees recording and production of sound files. They work in a variety of venues, such as concert halls, stadiums, and theaters. Sound engineers may also be found in recording studios, where they may work on production or post-production for music and movies. The sound engineer often directs a team, and they have to ensure the team works together for the best possible production. So…Read more
Sound 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.
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Popular Skills for Sound Engineer
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Skills in Pro/Engineer and Technical Services are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Editing, Systems Troubleshooting and Audio Visual Equipment Use.
Pay by Experience Level for Sound Engineer
An entry-level Sound Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $15.00 based on 31 salaries. An early career Sound Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.53 based on 95 salaries. A mid-career Sound Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.63 based on 80 salaries. An experienced Sound Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $21.62 based on 79 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $24.
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Employees with Sound Engineer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 104.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (69.3% more) and Miami, Florida (22.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (8.9% less).
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