Sound designer - Salary and Career
Audio Technicians

Sound designer - 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 Sound designer earn

A Sound designer earns between $1.195 and $5.640 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.152 and a median salary of $1.533 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 114 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Sound designer

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.152 25.822 538 10
1º Quartile 1.195 14.344 299 6
Median Salary 1.533 18.390 383 7
3º Quartile 4.301 51.611 1.075 21
Higher Salary 5.640 67.674 1.410 27

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 Sound designer

Audio Technicians must:

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

  • Activities

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

    Sectors that hire Sound designer the most in the job market

    • radio activities
    • rental of other commercial and industrial machinery and equipment, without operator
    • activities of religious organizations
    • cleaning in buildings and households
    • other advertising activities
    • sound and lighting activities
    • hotels
    • furniture retail trade
    • development of computer programs and software in general
    • fairs, congresses, exhibitions and parties organization services

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