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Sound Engineer Salary

National Average
$19,500 $53,876 /year $107,500
$26 /hour
National Average
$1,625 $4,489 /month $8,958
$26 /hour
National Average
$375 $1,036 /week $2,067
$26 /hour
National Average
$9.38 $26 /hour $51.68
Annual Salary Monthly Pay Weekly Pay Hourly Wage
Top Earners $90,500 $7,541 $1,740 $44
75th Percentile $68,000 $5,666 $1,307 $33
Average $53,876 $4,489 $1,036 $26
25th Percentile $35,000 $2,916 $673 $17
Sound Engineer Salary Comparison by Location
United States
Ashburn, VA

How much does a Sound Engineer make?

As of May 16, 2022, the average annual pay for a Sound Engineer in the United States is $53,876 a year.

Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $25.90 an hour. This is the equivalent of $1,036/week or $4,490/month.

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $107,500 and as low as $19,500, the majority of Sound Engineer salaries currently range between $35,000 (25th percentile) to $68,000 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $90,500 annually across the United States. The average pay range for a Sound Engineer varies greatly (by as much as $33,000), which suggests there may be many opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on skill level, location and years of experience.

Based on recent job postings on ZipRecruiter, the Sound Engineer job market in both Ashburn, VA and the surrounding area is very active. A Sound Engineer in your area makes on average $58,451 per year, or $4,575 (8%) more than the national average annual salary of $53,876. Virginia ranks number 11 out of 50 states nationwide for Sound Engineer salaries.

To estimate the most accurate annual salary range for Sound Engineer jobs, ZipRecruiter continuously scans its database of millions of active jobs published locally throughout America.

Find your next high paying job as a Sound Engineer on ZipRecruiter today.

What are Top 10 Highest Paying Cities for Sound Engineer Jobs

We’ve identified 10 cities where the typical salary for a Sound Engineer job is above the national average. Topping the list is Santa Clara, CA, with San Francisco, CA and Fremont, CA close behind in the second and third positions. Fremont, CA beats the national average by $8,716 (16.2%), and Santa Clara, CA furthers that trend with another $11,305 (21.0%) above the $53,876 average.

With these 10 cities having average salaries higher than the national average, the opportunities for economic advancement by changing locations as a Sound Engineer appears to be exceedingly fruitful.

Finally, another factor to consider is the average salary for these top ten cities varies very little at 9% between Santa Clara, CA and Santa Maria, CA, reinforcing the limited potential for much wage advancement. The possibility of a lower cost of living may be the best factor to use when considering location and salary for a Sound Engineer role.

CityAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
Santa Clara, CA$65,182$5,432$1,253$31.34
San Francisco, CA$65,163$5,430$1,253$31.33
Fremont, CA$62,593$5,216$1,204$30.09
San Jose, CA$61,238$5,103$1,178$29.44
Alexandria, VA$60,785$5,065$1,169$29.22
Oakland, CA$60,575$5,048$1,165$29.12
Tanaina, AK$60,425$5,035$1,162$29.05
Wasilla, AK$60,424$5,035$1,162$29.05
Sunnyvale, CA$59,885$4,990$1,152$28.79
Santa Maria, CA$59,490$4,958$1,144$28.60

What are Top 5 Best Paying Related Sound Engineer Jobs in the U.S.

We found at least five jobs related to the Sound Engineer job category that pay more per year than a typical Sound Engineer salary. Top examples of these roles include: Sound Design Engineer, Puget Systems, and Sound Engineering.

Importantly, all of these jobs are paid between $8,960 (16.6%) and $26,285 (48.8%) more than the average Sound Engineer salary of $53,876. If you’re qualified, getting hired for one of these related Sound Engineer jobs may help you make more money than that of the average Sound Engineer position.

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
Sound Design Engineer$80,161$6,680$1,542$38.54
Puget Systems$79,379$6,615$1,527$38.16
Sound Engineering$70,840$5,903$1,362$34.06
Sound Design Audio Engineer$65,883$5,490$1,267$31.67
Post Production Sound Engineer$62,836$5,236$1,208$30.21
About Our Data
ZipRecruiter salary estimates, histograms, trends and comparisons are derived from both employer job postings and third party data sources.
Data used to develop this report includes ADP data. ADP is an exclusive provider of employee payroll data for ZipRecruiter.