No BS. No hype. No "recording school" handing out whitewashed dreams of glory. No Old-Timers bemoaning the state of the industry. No Newbies encouraging "going for your dream".

Just cold, hard Statistics from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics - ie: THE GOVERNMENT. Pretty recent too.

Sound Engineering Technicians

Some eye opening stuff here guys - the #2 TOP PAYING state for recording? DC. Of course CA is still #1.

Motion Picture Industry is the largest employer - no surprise there.

The MEDIAN wage for a WORKING (wage earning) engineer in the US? $22.63/hr. That's someone who's already paid their dues, and been employed for several years full time.

This is a public service announcement - if you are young and have a bright future and career in the audio world in front of you, it is imperative that you study these statistics and learn what to do, and what not to do. Forget analog vs. digital or whether to go Neve or API. THIS is what you should be studying and figuring out.

I'll post a couple of graphs below for those too distracted to click on the link, but those of you who are smart owe it to yourselves to devour this information and plan accordingly.

Best of luck.