How Much Do Sound Engineering Technicians Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Sound Engineering Technicians

Sound Engineering Technicians assemble and operate equipment to record, synchronize, mix, edit, or reproduce sound, including music, voices, or sound effects, for theater, video, film, television, podcasts, sporting events, and other productions.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$67210 per year
Hourly wage
$32 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$27,650 to $35,460 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$13 to $17 per hour

Entry-level Sound Engineering Technicians with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $27,650 to $35,460 per year or $13 to $17 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Sound Engineering Technicians to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $58 $119,720
Senior (Top 25%) $37 $77,410
Middle (Mid 50%) $26 $53,520
Junior (Bottom 25%) $17 $35,460
No experience (Bottom 10%) $13 $27,650

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $41 $84,910
NY $38 $80,030
CT $38 $78,680
MI $35 $73,200
DC $35 $71,930
GA $34 $70,880
WA $30 $62,890
NJ $30 $61,370
WI $29 $59,610
CO $28 $58,970

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Sound Engineering Technician is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Sound Engineering Technicians are in the states of CA, NY, CT, MI and DC.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $92550 $44.49
Motion Picture and Video Industries $87310 $41.98
Scientific Research and Development Services $71740 $34.49
Employment Services $69790 $33.55
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers $69310 $33.32
Sound Recording Industries $67860 $32.63
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $67220 $32.32
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $64390 $30.96
Performing Arts Companies $63980 $30.76
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events $63110 $30.34
Other Support Services $58220 $27.99
Rental and Leasing Services $57830 $27.80
Radio and Television Broadcasting $56640 $27.23
Building Equipment Contractors $55110 $26.49
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers $55060 $26.47
Amusement Parks and Arcades $54450 $26.18
Local Government $49910 $24.00
Elementary and Secondary Schools $49790 $23.94
Religious Organizations $49290 $23.70
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $47920 $23.04
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media $46460 $22.34
Junior Colleges $45800 $22.02
Other Schools and Instruction $45130 $21.70
Specialized Design Services $39190 $18.84
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $38570 $18.54
Restaurants and Other Eating Places $37000 $17.79
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