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    Quote Originally Posted by Illestnoiz
    i believe engineers get paid on a song by song basis. the one song that i did for a major artist (never got released but that's a different story.......) the engineer charged the label $500 an hour (for a session that took like 6 hours). So he made $3000 for the day. I'd say that's a pretty good living.

    as an intern, i'm not sure what kind of salary you get, but i had a friend that interned at patchwerk studios in atlanta for a while. don't know how much he made, but he had a decent life (nice apartment, car, disposable cash). so go for it man, you can definitely pay the bills with this.
    that's watsup.

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    The amount an Audio Engineer can make is solely up to the individual and the budget of the client. I have a Bachelors degree in Audio Engineering, and to be honest from what I have witnessed the best paid engineers (on a yearly basis) is the live engineer. With the rise of the home studio and the in the box studio(which is great cause I have one) almost anybody can engineer an album. So my answer to the question is an Audio Engineer can make anywhere from nuthin to sumthin.

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    So beening that almost anyone can engineer an album is there any demand for engineers these days? or does it just varies?

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    IMO it varies, what ever the budget and the sound that is trying to be achieved. I do think for quality and dynamics(which most music is lacking) engineers are important.
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    I have one more question my ultimate goal is to be a Producer if I make it in that field so I was wondering would balancing a career between beening a Audio Engineer and pursuing production be a good idea? or will it be better for me to just pursue Production?

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    most engineers fancy themselves as producers also. what type of production are you talking about?

    most rock engineers (my boat) that i know make between 20-40 an hour.
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    Young Guru is a relevant example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lostcheshirecat
    most engineers fancy themselves as producers also. what type of production are you talking about?

    most rock engineers (my boat) that i know make between 20-40 an hour.
    Hip Hop Production primarily.

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    I charge between $20-25 an hour when I work in my studio...doesn't seem like much but it pays the bills and keeps me humble. When I freelance at Central City Recording....it's more like $50 and hour and I pay the studio $30.

    Post Production is where I get the easy money. I really don't have to worry about settin up mics and making sure artists are in the right mood for whatever. I can relax and work in my nice calm setting and concentrate to making their music sound "better" or "finished".

    I make about 20-25K a year...not including my part-time job (which basically pays my child support and leaves me with money to kick it)

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    1st off... Im an engineer and I dont make ****. I got 4 certificates from Recording Workshop in Ohio and that dont mean ****. A degree is nothin in audio engineering, only what it took to get that degree is what counts, so if you think you're going to get a plaque and hang it on the wall and have people calling you you're wrong [and im not saying you think that im just stating the inevitable]
    Why I dont make ****, maybe I havent tried hard enough, too stuck on doing my own thing in my home studio. I got my resume printed up and invested in equipment but I still havent taken the big step forward which will either be: Register a LLC at my clerks office or... this:

    Quote Originally Posted by M-dagreat
    you have to intern an basically be a freelance engineer until someone gives a full time job which is hard to get since theirs so many engineers out their i was thinking about going to SAE institute in L.A. but i said **** it i want to produce not sit around an **** wit a mixing board all day an be some producers ***** an i think you get paid any where from 45k-90k i think not sure
    Thats true, and I know boys I went to school with who still havent found a job.. And they havent tried in vein either, theyve looked into sound for picture, broadcasting, soundtracking, commercial work... There is so much you can do but it takes a lot of "getting up off your ass and doing it."

    -Thats why this engineer doesnt make any money, yet..

    but Im happy. I went to school originally to learn how to hook all the analog **** up and ended up getting experience on Sony MCI24 and C24 DCommand, learn how to use ProTools HD, etc. There were 9 Studios there (Studio A-I) not counting the computer lab with PT LE, so I learned a LOT, especially in my maintenance class where we studied all the electrical aspects of equipment, how to troubleshoot and see whats going wrong in a bad session, etc. but I didnt know all this was considered engineering. by the 5th day an instructor was calling us engineers and I was thinkin wtf I juss came here to learn how to do "this an that"..and I didnt take him serious thinkin he was jokin but he wasnt. they called us engineers more and more until we graduated.

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    So my answer to the question is an Audio Engineer can make anywhere from nuthin to sumthin.
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