Average Sound Engineer Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Sound Engineer is $19.20.
MEDIAN $19.20
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Hourly Rate
$12 - $42
$100 - $4,848
Profit Sharing
$0 - $4,000
Total Pay
$25,069 - $85,759

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Job Description for Sound Engineer

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.

Career Paths

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Popular Skills for Sound Engineer

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.
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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