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

Sound engineer (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 Sound engineer (radio) earn

A Sound engineer (radio) earns between $2.381 and $10.568 per month, with an average monthly salary of $4.400 and a median salary of $3.332 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 31 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Sound engineer (radio)

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 4.400 52.800 1.100 23
1º Quartile 2.381 28.574 595 13
Median Salary 3.332 39.984 833 18
3º Quartile 8.060 96.718 2.015 43
Higher Salary 10.568 126.819 2.642 56

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 Sound engineer (radio)

Sound/audiovisual recording operation technicians must:

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

  • Activities

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

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