Career Profile, Salary & Job Outlook —
What does a Studio Engineer do?
Studio Engineers manage the technical and aesthetic aspects of a recording session and are responsible for the overall sound of all recorded tracks. In addition, they work with mixing engineers to make sure the final form of a song or project is suitable.
How much does this career make?
According to ZipRecruiter, Studio Engineers maintain a national hourly wage of $32-44 in 2021. This amounts to an average annual salary of $66,560 to $91,520. This range widely depends on skill, seniority level, and location factors.
What impact does this career have towards the music industry?
Music Studio Engineers oversee the audio workflow of the studio. They act as a bridge between music producers and mixing engineers to produce high quality audio.
What is the job outlook for a Studio Engineer?
Music revenue is forecasted to more than double to about $131 billion by 2030. In addition, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job opportunities in the field (including Engineers) are expected to grow at a rate of nine percent during the 2019-2029 decade (www.bls.gov).
How to kick-off your career:
- Research recording equipment.
- Nail your music production process down with these checklists.
- Explore the Clive Davis Institute at NYU x Billboard’s Music Essentials online course.
- Download Yellowbrick’s Ultimate Music Career Guide.
Music Industry Essentials contributor, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music Department Chair
Audio Engineer | Studio Maintenance Engineer | Mastering Engineer | Mixing Engineer | Music Producer