Disc jockey - Salary and Career
Audio Technicians

Disc jockey - 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 Disc jockey earn

A Disc jockey earns between $1.140 and $4.525 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.947 and a median salary of $1.505 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 86 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Disc jockey

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.947 23.367 487 10
1º Quartile 1.140 13.681 285 6
Median Salary 1.505 18.060 376 8
3º Quartile 3.451 41.415 863 18
Higher Salary 4.525 54.305 1.131 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 Disc jockey

Audio Technicians must:

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

  • Activities

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


    Sectors that hire Disc jockey the most in the job market

    • restaurants and similar
    • hotels
    • sound and lighting activities
    • radio activities
    • fairs, congresses, exhibitions and parties organization services
    • snack bars, tea houses, juice houses and the like
    • disco, dance clubs, dance halls and the like
    • music production
    • bars and other establishments specialized in serving drinks
    • rental of furniture, utensils and appliances for domestic and personal use




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