Sound Engineer Jobs

Sound Engineer Job Overview

Sound engineers work for film studios, television stations, computer game corporations and music studios all over the world. Sound engineers set up and run electrical equipment, and they also maintain it. The most common job duties of a sound engineer are as follows:

  • Setting up equipment for events or films
  • Recording sound
  • Manipulating sound through equipment for desired effect
  • Mixing sound in post-production
  • Reproducing sound
  • Keeping logs of recordings
  • Tracking which equipment was used
  • Reporting complex equipment issues
  • Installing audio equipment at a variety of locations
  • Converting audio to digital formats
  • Breaking down audio equipment after recording
  • Recording speech using a variety of software

Candidates who have a strong manual dexterity and excellent people skills may be especially well-suited for this position. Sound engineers also need to have stellar computer skills and problem-solving skills.

Sound Engineer Job Education Requirements

Most sound engineer positions require that candidates hold at least a certificate in audio engineering, but it’s preferable to hold at least an associate’s degree. Those who want to be able to be in the running for the most desirable positions should acquire an even higher education, such as a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree in audio engineering or a similar field. On-the-job experience also counts for a lot as a sound engineer, so it’s important to get experience in the field while in school. Some related positions worth considering in this field include sound mixer jobs and sound engineering technician jobs.

Sound Engineer Job Market

There is a very slow estimated job growth for sound engineers in the coming decade, but the demand should at least remain steady. The most job opportunities for sound engineers may soon lie in smaller stations or smaller markets. Those who are willing to relocate will have the best pick of positions in the field. Also, sound engineers will continue to be needed in the film, radio and television industries.

Sound Engineer Job Salary Information

Sound engineers earn an average annual salary of approximately $56,000. The highest 10 percent of earners among sound engineers command annual salaries over $98,000 per year. The lowest earning sound engineers, however, may earn under $21,000 per year. In order to move into a higher earning bracket, sound engineers should focus on honing their skills, perfecting their craft and making connections within their industry. Although education is important, on-the-job experience matters perhaps more when applying to sound engineer positions.

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Job ID ECT-00002003 Emerson Company Emerson Climate Technologies Corporate Country United States State/Province Ohio City Sidney Publish Start Date Jun 26 2014 Job Level Experienced (Non-Manager) Job Description Level: J/K* *Depending on level of experience Manager: Strand Primary Responsibilities: Have a strong ability to handle multiply sound and vibration projects simultaneously, cap...
Position Duties: Lead the NVH development of door closing sound quality for new vehicle programs Using analytical and physical test methods develop critical door hardware (structure, latch, sealing systems, etc) to deliver sounds which communicate our Ford Brand DNA Benchmark competitive products and hardware to understand trends and technology opportunities Create core methods and system leve...
Sound and Vibration Technician-WD30015143 Johnson Controls is a global multi-industrial company with core businesses in the automotive, building and energy storage industries. Our 170,000 employees create quality products and services to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings, energy storage and interior systems for automobiles. Through our growth strategies and by increasing m...
Veterans Center Atlanta, GA
Description The Veterans Center non-profit organization dedicated helping military veterans whom are disabled, disadvantaged and homeless throughout the State of Georgia. It is our mission and purpose to help all veterans in need of assistance in the Metro Atlanta area. The Veterans Center looking for a dynamic and energetic Intern. The Veterans Center understand that our veterans are in need of...
This position is responsible for recording original content, and monitoring sound levels and audio signals for HSN offline and remote productions. Day in the Life Collaborate with producers, performers, and others to determine and achieve the desired sound for a production Prepare for recording sessions by performing activities such as selecting and setting up microphones, testing and adjusting...
Kellogg International New York, NY
Description Marketing/Advertising/PR/Business/Sales/Graphic/Design/IT Interns (Greenpoint/Williamsburg) Business, Sales, Engineering, Tech Marketing Interns (Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens) Close Encounters Brooklyn We are building a talented team to work with us at our Greenpoint location. We have a number of programs and services that will spark community focused economic development. Our focus ...
San Diego Pirate Radio Escondido, CA
Description San Diego Pirate Radio is looking for an intern for a sound engineer. SDPR is an online radio station that is heard worldwide. Because we are an internet radio we do not fall under the FCC. All major artist are paid royalties. Part of the position can be telecommuted. Must be able to show up twice a week for a few hours to help record and a engineer a live talk show (queue up the ...
Level: J/K * * Depending on level of experience Manager: Strand Primary Responsibilities: Have a strong ability to handle multiply sound and vibration projects simultaneously, capable to organize and schedule work according to priorities to ensure that the work is completed in a timely manner. Good communication skills. Understand the influence to sound and vibration performance for various des...
Job Summary: Responsible for ensuring the success of show and event productions by performing the technical aspects related to the show(s) production. Assist in all aspects of stage operations, assist in all on-site lighting operations Essential Functions: Performs the Load-in of band equipment and rental equipment Set Up and Break down of Band and Event Equipment Cabling and assist lighting ...
Lymabean Productions Orange County, CA, CA
Payment is on a low paid basis. Looking for a sound engineer/mixer for a 2min Funny or Die short. The short is fairly simple and consists of two couples having a conversion on a house porch so I'm guessing it shouldn't take too long. I have very little post budget so as Uncle Jessie would say, have mercy :). Please send me your rate and and a link to your work....
SBProduction Canoga Park, CA
Description SB Production is the production arm to SilverBird Television an African based media powerhouse. Extending the brand into the US SB Production will be doing a strong push throughout various platform to build awareness. SB Production is a production company that specializes in lifestyle content for platforms extending across Social, Television, Live Events, and Radio. SB Production will...
W. R. Berkley Corporation Greenwich, CT, 06830
LOOKING FOR LOCAL CANDIDATES ONLY Job Summary: Responsible for ensuring the success of show and event productions by performing the technical aspects related to the show(s) production. Assist in all aspects of stage operations, assist in all on-site lighting operations Essential Functions: Performs the Load-in of band equipment and rental equipment Set Up and Break down of Band and Event Equi...
New York Racing Association Ozone Park, NY, 11416
Job Overview: NYRA is looking for a TV Sound Engineer (A1) reporting to the Chief Engineer in order to oversee all audio elements of NYRA TV’s production. Responsibilities: Needs to be able to mix live audio for the NYRA simulcast feed, which utilizes upwards of seven microphones and four playback machines and this includes monitoring audio feeds and signals to produce appropriate sound quality...
Recruit GAAP Staffing Chicago, IL, 60625
Recruit GAAP Staffing is search for a full time Sound Engineer for a client company located in Chicago, IL area. Industry: Engineering. With an environment described as: Global and friendly, Recruit GAAP is searching for someone with the ability to perform the scope of responsibilities combined with the following skills and experience: Manage productions for business presentations, Involved in pro...
Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI
Position Duties: • Lead the NVH development of door closing sound quality for new vehicle program, with a specific focus on transient NVH testing and analysis of door closures. • Create core methods and system level targets and cascade to our partners in the Body Engineering Organization. • Own responsibility for measuring and benchmarking competitive performance at system and vehicle level. M...
Johnson Controls, Inc York, PA
Johnson Controls is a global multi-industrial company with core businesses in the automotive, building and energy storage industries. Our 170,000 employees create quality products and services to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings, energy storage and interior systems for automobiles. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering ...
Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI
Position Duties: • Lead the NVH development of door closing sound quality for new vehicle programs • Using analytical and physical test methods develop critical door hardware (structure, latch, sealing systems, etc) to deliver sounds which communicate our Ford Brand DNA • Benchmark competitive products and hardware to understand trends and technology opportunities • Create core methods and sy...
The Engineering industry is need of a full time Sound Engineer in San Gabriel, CA. This position offers fantastic benefits and a salary, greater of, $18 per Hour depending on experience or compliance with State and Local minimum wage requirements. With an environment considered and described as: Global and friendly, Web Recruiter seeks a candidate with the following experience, capabilities and sk...
Web Recruiter is searching for a qualified Sound Engineer for a full time position located in Cincinnati, OH. The right candidate will have the following skills, experience or ability to fulfill the following top requirements: Manage productions for business presentations, Involved in production and equipment of presenting audio and visual works, Engineering work, Design strategy, Distribution and...
Company located in Clementon, NJ, seeks a full time Sound Engineer for the Engineering industry. Web Recruiter is searching for a candidate having experience and qualifications similar to the following: Manage productions for business presentations, Involved in production and equipment of presenting audio and visual works, Engineering work, Design strategy, Distribution and shipping, Warehousing. ...

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Sound/Recording Engineer

Salaries

$20,800.00 - $111,250.00
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Education / Training

Bachelor's
38.7%
Certification
12.9%
Some College Coursework Completed
12.9%
High School
9.7%
Vocational
9.7%
Associates
9.7%
Professional
6.5%
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