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How will your sound engineering education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a sound engineering degree at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. The US has 105 brick and mortar sound engineering schools.

Top Schools

The following schools that have sound engineering programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. The University of Texas at Austin - located in Austin, Texas
  2. Johns Hopkins University - located in Baltimore, Maryland
  3. Indiana University-Bloomington - located in Bloomington, Indiana

Student Demographics

In 2010 in the US, 3,773 students graduated with degrees in sound engineering. Of these students, 1,751 graduated from certificate programs in sound engineering, 2,007 graduated from undergraduate programs in sound engineering, and 15 graduated from graduate-level programs in sound engineering.


Students can pursue education in sound engineering at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Sound Engineering
  • Bachelor's Degree in Sound Engineering
  • Master's Degree in Sound Engineering
  • Certificate in Sound Engineering

Sound engineering students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their sound engineering degree:

  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Acoustics
  • Creative Thinking
  • Written and Verbal Communication
  • Musical Analysis


The average tuition at sound engineering schools around the nation was $14,863 per year in 2010. The sound engineering schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. Johns Hopkins University - located in Baltimore, Maryland, students paid $39,150
  2. Loyola Marymount University - located in Los Angeles, California, students paid $35,419
  3. Ithaca College - located in Ithaca, New York, students paid $32,060

The lowest tuition was charged by the following sound engineering schools:

  1. Fullerton College - located in Fullerton, California, students paid $656
  2. MiraCosta College - located in Oceanside, California, students paid $668
  3. Orange Coast College - located in Costa Mesa, California, students paid $686

How will your sound engineering job compare?

Sound engineer is the profession of choice for a large number of sound engineering graduates. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 15,650 sound engineers working in the US in 2010. The largest numbers of sound engineers work in the following states:

  1. California - 3,820 Sound Engineers
  2. New York - 3,560 Sound Engineers
  3. Florida - 820 Sound Engineers

Projected Growth

The number of sound engineers is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Connecticut - 19%
  2. Texas - 14%
  3. Maryland - 11%


In the US, a sound engineer earns on average $52,225 per year. However, factors such as your employer, professional associations and certifications, or education can cause the salary for a sound engineer to vary greatly. A sound engineer in the US can earn anywhere from less than $15,670 per year to more than $162,900 per year. On average, a sound engineer earns the most in the following states:

  1. California - $68,730 per year
  2. Washington DC - $68,230 per year
  3. Nevada - $63,170 per year

On average, a sound engineer earns the least in the following states:

  1. Alabama - $21,430 per year
  2. Kansas - $28,300 per year
  3. Oklahoma - $29,430 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying
sound engineering?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians 47,510 $44,460 17.6%
Sound Engineering Technicians 15,650 $54,030 23.4%