GameSoundCon Game Audio Industry Survey 2019
The Results are in..
Our survey ran from May 30 to July 30, 2019 and was promoted heavily via social media and other game or music industry web sites. We received 391 usable responses from all around the world. Monetery values have been converted to USD.
Thank you to the Game Audio Network Guild for their assistance with the GameSoundCon Game Audio Industry Survey
The report focuses on:
Salary by Geographic Region
Income by Gender
2/ Work and Environment
Entry Level Income/Degrees
Among the findings:
Average Salary (employee): $80.837
Averate Income (freelancer): $63,548
Significant differences between "AAA" and professionally produced, non-indie games ("mid-core") salaries
Women & non-binary/other game composers and sound designers represent 13.6% of the industry
Gender discrepancy is greater in US than in UK & Europe
Women, on average earn 92% what men earn
1 in 6 salaried employees also earn freelance income on the side
One in 3 audio employees at game companies compose music, most of whom also perform other duties
Freelancers have lower average incomes, but also have the highest incomes
The most common "per minute" rates for composition:
Four in five game audio professionals have a bachelors degree or higher
Median game audio early-career salary: $42.500
You can view the complete report here
About the Game Audio Industry Survey
In 2012, The game development web site, Gamasutra, published the results of their annual game developer salary survey. That year, the results were somewhat puzzling, with “audio” salaries coming in higher than every other discipline except “business and management.”
Part of the reason for this unexpected result is that audio, more than most other game disciplines, has a very high percentage of non-salaried freelancers, which are unaccounted for in the Gamautra survey. Gamasutra also commented on the “smaller pool of respondents,” (33 audio professionals completed the survey) causing the results to be more easily skewed.
With that in mind, we created a survey that attempted to more accurately capture the issues of contracts, terms and compensation in game audio.
Our goals were to have a survey that:
• Reflected the freelancer segment of our industry
• We agressively promoted to increse response rate
• Covered some business issues unique to game music and sound
Since then, the GameSoundCon Industry Survey has become the leading resource on business and productions aspects of working in game music and sound design.