Audio operator (radio) - Salary and Career
Sound/audiovisual recording operation technicians

Audio operator (radio) - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They operate radio and television station equipment, organize and execute the station's programming schedule, handle audio (soundtracks, music, vignettes, commercials, promotional calls and programs) and manipulate audio and video. They check the technical quality of the recorded and generated content, in addition to managing signal traffic. In the exercise of activities, they mobilize time management skills, as well as communicative skills to interact with technical, programming and commercial teams.

How much does an Audio operator (radio) earn

A Audio operator (radio) earns between $1.164 and $7.134 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.493 and a median salary of $1.613 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 2.663 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Audio operator (radio)

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.493 29.920 623 13
1º Quartile 1.164 13.974 291 6
Median Salary 1.613 19.355 403 8
3º Quartile 5.441 65.287 1.360 29
Higher Salary 7.134 85.606 1.783 38

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium-level technicians in cultural, communications and sports services
      • technicians in operation of radio stations, television systems and video producers
        • sound/audiovisual recording operation technicians

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Main workplaces

Sound/audiovisual recording operation technicians they work on radio stations, television stations and in recreational, cultural and sporting activities. They work in the open, indoors or in vehicles, rotating shifts or at irregular hours. They are salaried employees, with a formal contract, who work in teams, under occasional supervision. Some of the activities performed are subject to noise, time pressure and radiation that can lead to stress.

What does it take to work in the field of Sound/audiovisual recording operation technicians

The exercise of occupations requires continuous training within radio and television stations, in order to obtain tacit knowledge linked to the set of equipment to operate, in a process of constant change. The full performance of the activities occurs with experience of one to two years. The required schooling is complete high school.

Functions and activities of Audio operator (radio)

Sound/audiovisual recording operation technicians must:

  • audio treatment;
  • treat audio;
  • check technical content quality;
  • check the technical quality of content;
  • organize programming grid;
  • handle audio;
  • audio treat;
  • execute schedule grid;
  • check equipment operation;
  • check the technical quality of the content;
  • arrange programming grid;
  • organize schedule grid;
  • communicate;
  • organize schedule;
  • execute programming grid;
  • manage signal traffic;
  • check content technical quality;
  • manipulate audio and video;
  • run programming grid;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • check technical quality of content;

  • Activities

    • check equipment configuration;
    • generate content;
    • elaborate text for character display;
    • record measurements and/or occurrences;
    • connect/disconnect listener line;
    • report occurrences;
    • check screenplay;
    • interact with related areas;
    • demonstrate organizational skills;
    • archive final content;
    • adequate format of material for placement;
    • check contents to be displayed;
    • conduct programming according to the schedule established by the broadcaster;
    • receive schedule change notification;
    • plan media;
    • demonstrate visual acuity;
    • mount playlist with contents to display;
    • detect problems;
    • turn equipment on/off;
    • adjust programming grid;
    • sound out videos, vignettes and commercials;
    • position microphones, cables, cameras and lighting;
    • monitor instruments of indicators of malfunction of systems and equipment;
    • issue technical opinion;
    • receive material;
    • edit programs;
    • record audio;
    • switch transmission and/or reception equipment;
    • align transmission and/or reception equipment;
    • add special audios;
    • coordinate live program display time;
    • demonstrate dedication;
    • work as a team;
    • disclose audience;
    • edit audio (soundtrack, music, vignette, commercial, promotional call);
    • distribute audio;
    • manage intercom between receiving points of signal generation;
    • synchronize schedule with network;
    • show suggestions on the station's programming schedule;
    • organize display, edit, and record content;
    • select signals to meet the programming grid;
    • select soundtracks;
    • monitor entry and exit signals;
    • adjust video levels and/or standards;
    • check work routine schedule;
    • prepare stage equipment and resources;
    • test equipment;
    • prepare reports;
    • manage time;
    • demonstrate ability to concentrate;
    • type characters;
    • operate display systems (table, vt, computers and playlist);
    • demonstrate sensitivity;
    • demonstrate auditory acuity;
    • separate equipment and materials;
    • disclose the schedule for different media;
    • monitor audience;
    • check playlist;
    • check signal;
    • trigger contingency and/or redundancy system;
    • demonstrate creativity;
    • communicate exhibition scripts to related departments;
    • demonstrate diffuse attention capacity;
    • monitor accessibility features (closed caption, pounds and audio description);
    • teach auxiliaries (lighting, audio and cableman);
    • work under pressure;
    • install microphones, cables, cameras and lighting;
    • monitor technical signal quality;
    • insert logo, graphics, watermark and characters;
    • execute program script change;
    • create frames and/or camera movements;
    • mix audio;
    • channel signals;
    • manage intercom between receptive points of signal generation;
    • record content;
    • inform affiliates about schedule (time and/or show schedule , interval configuration);
    • demonstrate initiative ability;
    • organize display, edit and record content;
    • consolidate display script;
    • monitor audio and video quality;
    • check the material captured;
    • master product;
    • evaluate received material;
    • level modulation;
    • select images;
    • check routine work schedule;
    • monitor execution of programming grid;
    • report;
    • change playlist;
    • tuning display script;
    • demonstrate logical reasoning;
    • check signal;
    • perform equipment and systems checklist;
    • demonstrate self-control ability;
    • capture audio;
    • check characters and graphics before they are displayed;
    • check time references;
    • coordinate show and commercial showtimes;
    • configure audiovisual equipment;
    • synchronize time references;
    • sequence playlist;
    • perform primary maintenance;
    • start maintenance;
    • select signals to service products;
    • apply provisions of the relevant legislation;

    Sectors that hire Audio operator (radio) the most in the job market

    • radio activities
    • open television activities
    • activities of religious organizations
    • movie, video and television program production activities
    • manpower selection and agency
    • film, video and television program post production activities
    • temporary labor lease
    • data processing, application service providers and internet hosting services
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights
    • advertising agencies

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