The Average Salary in Audio Engineering


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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