Salary for Sound Engineering Technicians

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

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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 normally receive wages somewhere between 40000 to 60000 depending on seniority. Sound Engineering Technicians can earn average salaries of Fifty Four Thousand Five Hundred dollars yearly.

Sound Engineering Technicians are compensated highest in the District of Columbia, where they can receive average pay levels of close to about $70790. Employees with these job titles are compensated most highly in Other Services (except Public Administration), where they can earn an average pay rate of $58310.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 19.46 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Sound Engineering Technicians tend to make the most in the following industries
Information $58,310
Other Services (except Public Administration) $57,930
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $56,540
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $56,290
Wholesale Trade $52,690
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $52,380
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Retail Trade $32,220
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $42,200
Public Administration $42,230
Accommodation and Food Services $42,430
Educational Services $44,230
Construction $44,280
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