Audio recording technician - Salary and Career
Audio Technicians

Audio recording technician - Career description, activities, functions and salary

Configure, operate and monitor sound and recording systems, process and compile sound recordings such as editing records, synchronizing and mixing music, creating sound and recording system designs, installing/uninstalling and testing audio equipment and accessories, performing music and sound archives, selecting and managing repertoire, research new audio reproduction technologies and musical trends. In the case of DJs, they lead the dance floors.

How much does an Audio recording technician earn

A Audio recording technician earns between $1.193 and $4.643 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.007 and a median salary of $1.600 according to an Averwage.com 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 787 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Audio recording technician

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.007 24.084 502 10
1º Quartile 1.193 14.316 298 6
Median Salary 1.600 19.200 400 8
3º Quartile 3.541 42.490 885 17
Higher Salary 4.643 55.714 1.161 23


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium-level technicians in cultural, communications and sports services
      • technicians in sound, scenography and projection equipment operation
        • audio technicians

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Main workplaces

Audio Technicians they work in radio and television stations, studios, concerts, nightclubs, parties, lectures, events, filming, predominantly as self-employed, In the case of sound engineers and music analysts, they work as salaried workers with a formal contract, They carry out their activities under occasional supervision and in a team , with the exception of DJs and music analysts who work individually, They work at irregular hours, indoors, outdoors or in vehicles, They can remain in uncomfortable positions for long periods and are often exposed to intense noise.


What does it take to work in the field of Audio Technicians

Post-secondary training and specialization courses are required for audio system designers and sound designers, high school training and specialization of up to four hundred class hours for other professionals, including microphones and equipment installation technicians. audio may be smaller. The full performance of the activities of audio recording technicians occurs after one or two years, that of DJs after three or four years, that of audio system designers and sound designers, after five years of experience and that of sound engineers and analysts. music requires knowledge and practice in the field.


Functions and activities of Audio recording technician

Audio Technicians must:

  • operate recording systems;
  • operating sound systems;
  • mount audio equipment and accessories;
  • treat sound registers;
  • operating recording systems;
  • assemble audio equipment and accessories;
  • communicate;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • compile sound records;
  • treat sound records;
  • play songs and sound files;
  • play music and sound files;
  • design sound & recording system;
  • assembling audio equipment and accessories;
  • operating public address systems;
  • operate public address systems;
  • design sound and recording system;

  • Activities

    • clean equipment;
    • prepare monitoring system for recording;
    • execute equipment installation project;
    • set sync defaults;
    • identify target audience;
    • check audio system operation;
    • select sound records;
    • analyze mixed sound records;
    • select audio equipment;
    • balance differences of mixed sound registers;
    • pack equipment;
    • drive the track;
    • mix songs;
    • insert audio description;
    • define technical needs of the event;
    • set coverage angles, sound pressure levels and frequency response;
    • replace defective equipment;
    • transfer sound logs to preset locations;
    • deal with unforeseen events;
    • emulate environments in sound records;
    • sync songs to the same beat;
    • sort tracks and reels in predetermined sequence;
    • mapping recording tracks;
    • organize repertoire;
    • capturing audio signals for recording system;
    • analyze recording environment;
    • align public address systems;
    • distributing audio signals to other systems;
    • research new audio playback technologies;
    • equalize sound records;
    • supervise transport of equipment;
    • interact with related areas;
    • monitoring recorded signals;
    • demonstrate musical sensitivity;
    • mixing signals from audio sources;
    • select music styles;
    • monitor recorded signals;
    • check physical dimensions of the place;
    • aligning recording systems;
    • set stage map and input list;
    • work with precision;
    • search music (market trends, culture);
    • adapt repertoire to the audience;
    • choose recording medium (media);
    • identify acoustic parameters of the place;
    • demonstrate ability to find solutions;
    • disclose work;
    • interact with the public;
    • sound check;
    • testing equipment operation;
    • demonstrate organizational skills;
    • demonstrate concentration;
    • generate master;
    • collect information about sound and recording event;
    • discuss event briefing;
    • edit sound records;
    • manage repertoire;
    • recording signals on recording medium (media);
    • demonstrate auditory acuity;
    • check infrastructure conditions for access and installation of equipment;
    • positioning electroacoustic transducers;
    • connect/disconnect audio signals;
    • balancing signals from audio sources;
    • budget event;
    • select electroacoustic transducers;
    • work as a team;
    • specify equipment, microphones, transducers, cables and connectors (technical rider) ;
    • trigger equipment maintenance service;
    • mix music band;
    • demonstrate ability to pay attention to detail;
    • show patience;
    • minimize noise and distortion;
    • demonstrate flexibility;
    • adjust system gain structures;
    • operating specific equipment;
    • check system interference levels;
    • set system power demand;
    • sublime personal musical taste;
    • guide microphonist and assistant;
    • demonstrate memorization ability;
    • connect/disconnect audio signals;
    • adjust volume and equalization for the environment/situation;
    • fulfill event script;
    • search sound effects (foley);
    • mark specific points of tracks, reels and digital files;
    • check physical dimensions of the location;
    • balance differences of mixed sound registers;
    • demonstrate concentration;
    • evaluate sound product quality;
    • configure public address systems;
    • evaluating sound source characteristics (timbre, format and type);
    • check audio distribution uniformity;
    • forward music programming to ecad;
    • work under pressure;
    • control sound record dynamics;
    • analyzing audio signals;
    • introduce musical styles to clients and/or superiors;
    • analyze music programming script;
    • demonstrate initiative;
    • select repertoire;
    • balancing signals from audio sources;
    • install/uninstall transducers;
    • set system electrical power demand;
    • participate in meeting with production area;
    • archive sound logs in predefined locations;
    • configure recording systems;
    • connect/disconnect speaker system;
    • show patience;
    • archive log media in environments as per technical specifications;
    • check electrical power and grounding system;
    • demonstrate creativity;
    • positioning audio equipment;
    • manipulate audio files (digital and analog);
    • generate installation drawings and diagrams (asbuilt);
    • search soundtracks;
    • evaluating sound source characteristics (timbre, shape and type);
    • suggest suppliers;


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