Salary for Sound Engineering Technicians

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Also known as:  Audio Recording Engineer, Disc Recordist, Dub Room Engineer, Film Sound Engineer, Play Back Operator, Public Address Technician, Recording Engineer, Sound Assistant, Sound Cutter, Sound Designer helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Sound engineering technicians operate machinery which records and plays back sound in public areas and sound booths. These professionals consult with performers and clients to determine needs, and tailor sound systems to match the requirements of events. They report equipment failures, ensure repairs are made, and take down equipment following the completion of events. Sound engineering tehnicians may also work in the digital post-processing of recordings to seperate instruments, voices and other sounds, and may work with pre-recorded sound bytes. They may also create duplicates of recordings if requested by clients. They are also responisble for keeping detailed logs of all recordings. A high school diploma or the equivalent and significant working knowledge of sound systems is required for this position.

A Sound Engineering Technician will most likely earn wages that can range from $27,650 to $119,720 depending on experience and domain knowledge. will normally receive a wage of sixty-seven thousand two hundred and ten dollars per annum.

have the highest pay levels in California, where they receive salary pay of near $84,910. People working these jobs can get the best compensation in Information, where they can get an average job salary of $74,500.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 50.84 percent nationwide in that time.


Sound Engineering Technicians tend to make the most in the following industries:

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Wholesale Trade
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Accommodation and Food Services
Educational Services
Public Administration
Other Services (except Public Administration)