Sound technician - Salary and Career
Audio Technicians

Sound technician - 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 technician earn

A Sound technician 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 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 Sound technician

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 Sound technician

Audio Technicians must:

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

  • Activities

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

    Sectors that hire Sound technician the most in the job market

    • sound and lighting activities
    • rental of other commercial and industrial machinery and equipment, without operator
    • activities of religious organizations
    • 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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