Microphone Operator (Boom Man) - Salary and Career
Audio Technicians

Microphone Operator (Boom Man) - 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 Microphone Operator (Boom Man) earn

A Microphone Operator (Boom Man) earns between $1.208 and $5.215 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.174 and a median salary of $1.700 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 619 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Microphone Operator (Boom Man)

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.174 26.084 543 11
1º Quartile 1.208 14.498 302 6
Median Salary 1.700 20.400 425 8
3º Quartile 3.977 47.729 994 20
Higher Salary 5.215 62.584 1.304 26

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 Microphone Operator (Boom Man)

Audio Technicians must:

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

  • Activities

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

    Sectors that hire Microphone Operator (Boom Man) the most in the job market

    • sound and lighting activities
    • activities of religious organizations
    • rental of other commercial and industrial machinery and equipment, without operator
    • temporary labor lease
    • radio activities
    • fairs, congresses, exhibitions and parties organization services
    • music production
    • data processing, application service providers and internet hosting services
    • restaurants and similar
    • open television activities

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