The Average Salary in Audio Engineering

Audio engineering wages are based mainly on experience and employer.
Audio engineering wages are based mainly on experience and employer. (Image: Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Sound or audio engineering technicians may work in a variety of industries, recording, synching and/or mixing voices, music and other audio samples for production. The average salary in audio engineering varies based on factors such as the technician's employer and his location.

Average Salary

The national average salary in audio engineering is $53,940 in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As of May 2009, the salary scale ranged from $23,420 to $94,270, with sound engineering techs earning a median salary of $46,370.

Common Employers

The motion picture and video industry employs the most audio engineering techs at an average salary of $60,470 annually, according to the BLS, followed by the sound recording industry, which offers less at $55,390 a year on average. In radio and television broadcasting the average salary in audio engineering is $53,270, while techs working for performing arts companies earn an average of $44,140. Audio engineering jobs are also found frequently in cable and other subscription programming, where the salary average is $57,800.

Other Industries

Some audio engineering jobs are available in the industry of traveler accommodation, where the average salary is $60,740, according to the BLS, or with religious organizations, which offer an annual salary average of $63,150. Audio engineering techs in computer systems design and related services earn an average of $64,170 a year, and those working for software publishers earn an average salary of $65,520.


The BLS names Washington, D.C., as the nation's top paying locale for audio engineering technicians at a salary average of $70,790. California and Montana follow with salary averages of $69,840 and $66,240 respectively. At $77,100, Los Angeles is the top-paying metropolitan area for audio engineering workers, followed by Atlanta, Ga., at $66,430, and Nassau-Suffolk, N.Y., at $64,740.

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