What does a Broadcast Engineer do?

Broadcast engineers provide technical support to broadcast facilities in the repair, maintenance, design, and modification of technical broadcasting equipment. They work primarily in television and radio and provide support in film, concerts, and music recording to ensure quality production and transmission of video and audio. Broadcast engineers typically work in a broadcast or recording studio and sometimes work in entertainment venues. They receive and install new audio and visual devices and understand technical manuals to effectively follow installation instructions.

Broadcast engineers perform regular maintenance on equipment and preventative maintenance, including software and hardware updates. They must be efficient in troubleshooting and diagnosing video and audio issues that come up, which requires extensive testing before a recording or transmission and solving problems as they arrived after a broadcast has begun. They stay up-to-date on changing technologies to maintain excellent quality and provide the company or studio with recommendations for updates, enhancements, and modifications. Broadcast engineers need a minimum associate's degree in electronics, broadcasting or related fields.

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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Broadcast Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$66,077 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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“pay is not great but not horrible either”

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“Operational jobs involve work with outsourced parties which are not cooperative nor innovative.”

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“Great people to work with”

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