Studio audio operator - Salary and Career
Sound/audiovisual recording operation technicians

Studio audio operator - 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 Studio audio operator earn

A Studio audio operator earns between $1.164 and $7.134 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.493 and a median salary of $1.613 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 2.663 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Studio audio operator

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.493 29.920 623 13
1º Quartile 1.164 13.974 291 6
Median Salary 1.613 19.355 403 8
3º Quartile 5.441 65.287 1.360 29
Higher Salary 7.134 85.606 1.783 38

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 Studio audio operator

Sound/audiovisual recording operation technicians must:

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

  • Activities

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

    Sectors that hire Studio audio operator the most in the job market

    • radio activities
    • open television activities
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    • movie, video and television program production activities
    • manpower selection and agency
    • film, video and television program post production activities
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    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights
    • advertising agencies

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