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

Audio technician (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 technician (radio) earn

A Audio technician (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 technician (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 technician (radio)

Sound/audiovisual recording operation technicians must:

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

  • Activities

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

    Sectors that hire Audio technician (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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