Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

27-4014 Sound Engineering Technicians

Operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in sporting arenas, theater productions, recording studios, or movie and video productions.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
15,560 4.4 % $25.93 $53,940 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.26 $15.60 $22.29 $32.21 $45.32
Annual Wage (2) $23,420 $32,450 $46,370 $67,010 $94,270


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,330 $29.07 $60,470
Sound Recording Industries 2,950 $26.63 $55,390
Radio and Television Broadcasting 2,010 $25.61 $53,270
Performing Arts Companies 1,090 $21.22 $44,140
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 650 $27.79 $57,800

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Software Publishers 120 $31.50 $65,520
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 200 $30.85 $64,170
Religious Organizations 120 $30.36 $63,150
Traveler Accommodation 310 $29.20 $60,740
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,330 $29.07 $60,470


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
New York 3,530 $27.47 $57,150 0.416
Nevada 320 $27.04 $56,250 0.274
California 3,770 $33.58 $69,840 0.260
District of Columbia 110 $34.04 $70,790 0.170
Tennessee 440 $16.98 $35,310 0.169

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 110 $34.04 $70,790 0.170
California 3,770 $33.58 $69,840 0.260
Montana 40 $31.85 $66,240 0.093
Georgia 290 $28.96 $60,240 0.076
Connecticut 280 $27.95 $58,150 0.167


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,380 $37.07 $77,100 0.600
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,860 $27.90 $58,040 0.565
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 470 $30.26 $62,950 0.475
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 310 $17.53 $36,450 0.434
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 280 $27.93 $58,100 0.332

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,380 $37.07 $77,100 0.600
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 240 $31.94 $66,430 0.105
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 150 $31.12 $64,740 0.125
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 470 $30.26 $62,950 0.475
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 180 $30.13 $62,680 0.314


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010