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Sound Recording Technician Salary

$57,436 (USD)

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Last updated: June 19, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Sound Recording Technician is $57,436 a year and $28 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Sound Recording Technician is between $41,778 and $70,468. On average, a Bachelor's Degree is the highest level of education for a Sound Recording Technician. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

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Job Summary

  • Operates disk or tape recording machine to record music, dialog, or sound effects of phonograph recording sessions, radio broadcasts, television shows, training courses, or conferences, or to transfer transcribed material to sound-recording medium: threads tape through recording device or places blank disk on turntable.
  • Moves lever to regulate speed of turntable.
  • Places cutting stylus on record.
  • Examines grooves during cutting by stylus to determine if grooves are level, using microscope.
  • Turns knobs on cutting arm to shift or adjust weight of stylus and cause grooves to be cut evenly.
  • Starts recording machine and moves switches to open microphone and tune in live or recorded programs.
  • Listens through earphone to detect imperfections of recording machines or extraneous noises emanating from recording studio or production stage.
  • Observes dials, mounted on machine, to ensure that volume level and intensity remain within specified limits.
  • Removes filled reel or completed recordings from machine and attaches identifying labels.
  • Keeps record of recordings in logbook.
  • May service and repair recording machines and allied equipment.
  • May be designated according to type of machine used as disk-recording-machine operator; tape-recording-machine operator.
  • When transcribing to disk used in production of phonograph records, may be designated dubbing-machine operator.
  • When recording live television programs in monochrome or color on magnetic tape is designated videotape-recording engineer.
Sound Recording Technician Job Prevalence in the United States

Job family: Sound Engineering Technicians

Job family population: 13,370

Estimated population of Sound Recording Technician jobs: 1,795

Rate of error: 4.3%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %



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Sound Recording Technician Job Listings for United States

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May 28
Charlotte, NC, USA
Charlotte Sound & Visual Systems, Inc.
Lead Technician to install and service boardrooms, courtrooms, church sound systems, airport sound ... Have a good driving record. Must pass a drug screening, a state and federal background check. Have ...
May 23
Renton, WA, USA
Sound Ford
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Roosevelt, UT, USA
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AV Technician-Installer
Jun 13
Los Alamitos, CA, USA
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Installation Technician (AUS)
Jun 7
Austin, TX, USA
Ford Audio-Video Systems
... Clean Driving Record · Advanced PC Skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet) · Perform ... Sound Systems, Audio Systems, Audio Design, Video Systems, Video Design, Video Production, Audio ...
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