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

Studio Operator (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 Studio Operator (radio) earn

A Studio Operator (radio) 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 Operator (radio)

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 Operator (radio)

Sound/audiovisual recording operation technicians must:

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

  • Activities

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

    Sectors that hire Studio Operator (radio) the most in the job market

    • radio activities
    • open television activities
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    • advertising agencies

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