Production Sound Mixer Career Profile, Salary, & Job Outlook
What does a Production Sound Mixer do?
A Production Sound Mixer is a member of a film or television crew responsible for recording all sound and dialogue on set during the filmmaking or television production. They know what audio equipment to use for that production. Production Sound Mixers also hire and manage sound team members such as boom operators, sound assistants, and sound trainees.
How much does a Production Sound Mixer make?
According to ZipRecruiter, Production Sound Mixers maintain a national annual salary of $39,397 an hourly wage of $18.94. Entry-level production sound mixers start around $27,000 annually. Senior-level production sound mixers make a yearly average of $45,000. The range in salary widely depends on factors including skill, seniority level, and location.
What is the job outlook for a Production Sound Mixer?
Film revenue is forecasted to grow to $392.34 billion by 2025. In addition, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job opportunities for writers (including Sound Mixers) are expected to increase at a rate of 9% during the 2019-2029 decade.
How to kick-off your career:
- Familiarize yourself with sound equipment.
- Seek out an internship as a production assistant or sound trainee.
- Explore the NYU x Rolling Stone x IndieWire Film + TV Industry Essentials online course.
- Download Yellowbrick’s Ultimate Film Career Guide.
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