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

Sound engineer (recording) - 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 (recording) earn

A Sound engineer (recording) 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 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 31 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Sound engineer (recording)

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 (recording)

Sound/audiovisual recording operation technicians must:

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

  • Activities

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


    Sectors that hire Sound engineer (recording) the most in the job market

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