Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

27-4012 Broadcast Technicians

Set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to transmit radio and television programs. Control audio equipment to regulate volume level and quality of sound during radio and television broadcasts. Operate transmitter to broadcast radio or television programs.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
30,520 3.0 % $19.79 $41,170 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.76 $11.10 $16.89 $25.20 $34.78
Annual Wage (2) $18,220 $23,100 $35,120 $52,410 $72,350


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Radio and Television Broadcasting 21,440 10.08 $19.00 $39,520
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 2,410 3.05 $19.92 $41,440
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,650 0.46 $23.11 $48,080
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,480 0.05 $20.48 $42,600
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 760 0.12 $23.26 $48,380

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Radio and Television Broadcasting 21,440 10.08 $19.00 $39,520
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 2,410 3.05 $19.92 $41,440
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,650 0.46 $23.11 $48,080
Sound Recording Industries 50 0.31 $20.36 $42,350
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 760 0.12 $23.26 $48,380

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 100 0.01 $41.25 $85,790
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers (8) (8) $29.41 $61,170
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 270 0.07 $24.60 $51,170
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 760 0.12 $23.26 $48,380
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,650 0.46 $23.11 $48,080


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,360 0.31 1.30 $22.87 $47,580
New York 3,730 0.45 1.86 $21.77 $45,280
Florida 2,010 0.28 1.18 $15.85 $32,960
Texas 1,830 0.18 0.75 $19.35 $40,250
Illinois 1,160 0.21 0.88 $20.94 $43,560




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 510 0.80 3.34 $30.74 $63,950
Alaska 180 0.58 2.41 $16.79 $34,920
North Dakota 170 0.48 1.98 $16.03 $33,340
New York 3,730 0.45 1.86 $21.77 $45,280
South Dakota 160 0.42 1.73 $14.00 $29,130




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 510 0.80 3.34 $30.74 $63,950
California 4,360 0.31 1.30 $22.87 $47,580
Massachusetts 530 0.17 0.71 $22.84 $47,510
New Hampshire 120 0.20 0.85 $22.44 $46,670
Delaware 40 0.10 0.43 $22.39 $46,560

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,000 0.60 2.50 $22.44 $46,670
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,360 0.62 2.57 $23.96 $49,850
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 840 0.37 1.52 $29.12 $60,560
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 810 0.23 0.95 $22.74 $47,310
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 570 0.26 1.08 $16.81 $34,970
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 550 0.58 2.40 $16.25 $33,790
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 480 0.40 1.66 $22.54 $46,870
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 400 0.24 1.02 $24.05 $50,030
Denver-Aurora, CO 400 0.34 1.40 $22.07 $45,910
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 390 0.24 0.98 $20.77 $43,210




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Jefferson City, MO 60 0.81 3.35 $13.51 $28,090
Bowling Green, KY 40 0.71 2.97 $23.70 $49,290
Odessa, TX 40 0.70 2.93 $12.06 $25,080
Albany, GA 40 0.69 2.87 $11.42 $23,750
Anchorage, AK 110 0.68 2.85 $17.96 $37,360
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 370 0.68 2.85 $14.62 $30,400
Duluth, MN-WI 80 0.68 2.84 $18.58 $38,640
Billings, MT 50 0.66 2.73 $19.53 $40,630
Tallahassee, FL 100 0.64 2.67 $14.13 $29,400
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 200 0.62 2.60 $14.95 $31,090




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 840 0.37 1.52 $29.12 $60,560
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 30 0.15 0.62 $28.70 $59,690
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.08 0.32 $24.39 $50,720
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 370 0.39 1.60 $24.30 $50,540
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 400 0.24 1.02 $24.05 $50,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,360 0.62 2.57 $23.96 $49,850
Huntsville, AL (8) (8) (8) $23.81 $49,520
Bowling Green, KY 40 0.71 2.97 $23.70 $49,290
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 130 0.24 1.00 $23.06 $47,970
Baltimore-Towson, MD 370 0.30 1.23 $23.06 $47,970

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 110 0.94 3.89 $12.12 $25,210
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.36 1.52 $12.86 $26,740
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.30 1.27 $16.19 $33,670
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.23 0.95 $15.94 $33,150
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.49 2.05 $14.21 $29,550

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 110 0.94 3.89 $12.12 $25,210
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.49 2.05 $14.21 $29,550
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.44 1.82 $22.52 $46,830
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.41 1.71 (8) (8)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.36 1.52 $12.86 $26,740

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.74 $49,380
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.44 1.82 $22.52 $46,830
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 0.99 $18.72 $38,930
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.33 $38,120
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.30 1.27 $16.19 $33,670


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

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May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011