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Sound Engineer Average Salary in Italy 2023

How much money does a Sound Engineer make in Italy?

Average Monthly Salary
3,100 EUR
( 37,200 EUR yearly)


A person working as a Sound Engineer in Italy typically earns around 3,100 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,430 EUR (lowest) to 4,930 EUR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Sound Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Sound Engineer Salary Distribution in Italy

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Sound Engineer salaries in Italy range from 1,430 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 4,930 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,350 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Sound Engineer(s) are earning less than 3,350 EUR while the other half are earning more than 3,350 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Sound Engineer(s) are earning less than 2,150 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,150 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Sound Engineer(s) are earning less than 4,470 EUR while 25% are earning more than 4,470 EUR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Sound Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Sound Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Sound Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 1,620 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,160 EUR per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 3,200 EUR per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Sound Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 3,900 EUR per month, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 4,250 EUR per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 4,600 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Sound Engineer average salary change by experience in Italy

0 - 2 Years
1,620 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
2,160 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
3,200 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
3,900 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
4,250 EUR
20+ Years+8%
4,600 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Sound Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Sound Engineer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Sound Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Sound Engineer is 1,990 EUR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 2,340 EUR per month, 18% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 3,390 EUR per month, 45% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 4,440 EUR per month, 31% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Sound Engineer average salary difference by education level in Italy

High School
1,990 EUR
Certificate or Diploma+18%
2,340 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+45%
3,390 EUR
Master's Degree+31%
4,440 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Italy costs anywhere from 18,200 Euro(s) to 54,700 Euro(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Sound Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Sound Engineer employees in Italy earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

3,210 EUR
2,990 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Italy for all Careers

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Sound Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Italy

How much are annual salary increments in Italy for Sound Engineer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

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Sound Engineer(s) in Italy are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Italy / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Italy is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Italy for the year 2022. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Sound Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Italy

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Italy Sound Engineer
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A Sound Engineer is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

65% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 35% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Sound Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Italy

18 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Italy is 18 EUR. This means that the average Sound Engineer in Italy earns approximately 18 EUR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Sound Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Sound Engineer and Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment monthly Italy
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The average salary for Sound Engineer is 8% less than that of Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment. Also, Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment salaries are 8% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
3D Artist3,480 EUR+12%
3D Designer3,250 EUR+5%
3D Generalist2,960 EUR-5%
3D Visualization Specialist3,240 EUR+4%
Acrobatic Rigger2,160 EUR-30%
Actor4,390 EUR+41%
Associate Media Director3,930 EUR+27%
Associate Producer5,030 EUR+62%
Broadcast Associate2,500 EUR-19%
Broadcast News Analyst3,540 EUR+14%
Broadcast Technician2,050 EUR-34%
Broadcasting Journalist4,050 EUR+31%
Broadcasting Presenter4,430 EUR+43%
Camera Equipment Repairer2,260 EUR-27%
Cartoonist / Animator3,200 EUR+3%
CAS Engineer3,680 EUR+19%
Censorship Executive3,840 EUR+24%
Choreographer3,010 EUR-3%
Colorist1,780 EUR-43%
Communications Manager5,120 EUR+65%
Correspondent3,750 EUR+21%
Dance Director3,450 EUR+11%
Dancer3,080 EUR-1%
Director of Photography3,750 EUR+21%
Disc Jockey2,240 EUR-28%
Editorial Assistant1,870 EUR-40%
Events Manager3,470 EUR+12%
Graphic Designer2,490 EUR-20%
Illustrator2,720 EUR-12%
Instructional Designer2,160 EUR-30%
Journalist4,460 EUR+44%
Makeup Artist2,310 EUR-26%
Media Design Manager6,050 EUR+95%
Media Equipment Operator1,990 EUR-36%
Media Operations Manager4,760 EUR+53%
Media Producer4,470 EUR+44%
Media Product Development Manager6,090 EUR+96%
Media Program Director6,730 EUR+120%
Media Relations Manager6,380 EUR+110%
Media Sales Manager6,610 EUR+110%
Movement and Dance Coordinator3,480 EUR+12%
Multimedia Coordinator2,480 EUR-20%
Multimedia Designer2,490 EUR-20%
Music Consultant3,130 EUR+1%
Musician2,600 EUR-16%
News Associate3,060 EUR-1%
News Reporter4,070 EUR+31%
Producer5,680 EUR+83%
Product Designer2,350 EUR-24%
Production Artist3,170 EUR+2%
Production Assistant2,050 EUR-34%
Production Director4,750 EUR+53%
Production Technician1,960 EUR-37%
Program Researcher3,870 EUR+25%
Promotion Coordinator2,800 EUR-10%
Sound Engineer3,100 EUR-0%
Stage Technician1,780 EUR-43%
Sub Editor2,130 EUR-31%
Television Executive Producer6,720 EUR+120%
Transmission Engineer3,410 EUR+10%
Video Editor2,780 EUR-10%
Video Producer3,550 EUR+14%
Videographer3,030 EUR-2%
Visual Designer3,370 EUR+9%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bologna2,880 EUR
Catania3,010 EUR
Genova3,070 EUR
Milano3,230 EUR
Napoli3,030 EUR
Palermo2,960 EUR
Parma2,660 EUR
Rome3,440 EUR
Torino3,150 EUR
Trieste2,890 EUR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Italy earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
3,540 EUR
Public Sector+5%
3,740 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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