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Game Audio Industry Survey 2016 Results

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The annual Game Audio Industry Survey is video game music and video game sound design's most comprehensive survey of compensation, contract terms, production, Education and other issues.


The report focuses on:

1/ Compensation

2/ Work and Environment/Getting Gigs

3/ Use of Live Musicians & Middleware

4/ Contract Terms, Bonuses, Royalties & PROs

5/ Education


Among the findings:

  • Women game composers and sound designers are up to 10.4% of the industry

    • Up from 7% in 2015 and 3.5% in 20

  • Average Salary (employee): $71,838

  • 1 in 4 salaried employees also earn freelance income on the side

    • Average 'side' income: $9,430?

  • 72% of game composers also deliver SFX

  • Freelancers have lower average incomes, but also have the highest incomes

  • The most common "per minute" rates for composition:

    • $100/minute

    • $1,000/minute 

  • 72% of game audio professionals have a Bachelor's degree or higher


You can view the complete report here


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