According to About.com, an audio/sound engineer earns, on average, $46,310 yearly and $22.77 hourly, as of 2012. In that year, approximately 69,000 people were considered to be audio engineers, most working in either films or other video productions.
An audio engineer is someone who uses specific professional equipment to manipulate sounds in various ways. Audio engineers often work in films, music recording or video games. To become an audio engineer, one must complete a program that teaches the concepts and skills involved in audio engineering. Some employers require audio engineers to hold an associate degree in the field. Employers also prefer that audio engineers work effectively with others, maintain a level of proficiency and demonstrate reliability in their technical prowess.