Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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
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)
13,480 3.9 % $27.22 $56,610 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.66 $15.68 $22.35 $35.03 $48.96
Annual Wage (2) $22,180 $32,610 $46,480 $72,860 $101,840


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)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,860 1.02 $36.48 $75,870
Sound Recording Industries 2,840 17.94 $23.00 $47,840
Radio and Television Broadcasting 1,420 0.66 $23.97 $49,860
Performing Arts Companies 1,050 0.89 $24.47 $50,900
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 430 0.86 $30.01 $62,420

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sound Recording Industries 2,840 17.94 $23.00 $47,840
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,860 1.02 $36.48 $75,870
Performing Arts Companies 1,050 0.89 $24.47 $50,900
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 430 0.86 $30.01 $62,420
Radio and Television Broadcasting 1,420 0.66 $23.97 $49,860

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,860 1.02 $36.48 $75,870
Spectator Sports 160 0.12 $33.64 $69,970
Software Publishers 120 0.04 $31.89 $66,340
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 70 0.01 $31.26 $65,020
Amusement Parks and Arcades 150 0.08 $30.94 $64,360


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 3,690 0.25 2.47 $33.41 $69,480
New York 2,550 0.30 2.91 $32.70 $68,010
Florida 730 0.10 0.96 $18.18 $37,810
Georgia 450 0.12 1.14 $24.24 $50,420
Texas 440 0.04 0.40 $22.68 $47,180




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)
New York 2,550 0.30 2.91 $32.70 $68,010
California 3,690 0.25 2.47 $33.41 $69,480
District of Columbia 150 0.23 2.22 $27.86 $57,950
New Mexico 140 0.18 1.72 $26.18 $54,460
Connecticut 290 0.18 1.77 $22.86 $47,560




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,690 0.25 2.47 $33.41 $69,480
New York 2,550 0.30 2.91 $32.70 $68,010
District of Columbia 150 0.23 2.22 $27.86 $57,950
Colorado 190 0.08 0.80 $27.71 $57,630
Louisiana 120 0.06 0.61 $27.63 $57,460





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,650 0.67 6.55 $35.64 $74,130
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,100 0.40 3.94 $32.31 $67,210
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 420 0.18 1.78 $23.30 $48,470
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 350 0.09 0.93 $21.24 $44,180
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.19 1.82 $29.18 $60,700
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 260 0.11 1.07 $27.83 $57,890
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 250 0.32 3.10 $25.30 $52,630
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 210 0.21 2.04 $18.25 $37,950
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.19 1.88 $23.38 $48,620
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 200 0.35 3.43 $22.37 $46,530




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,650 0.67 6.55 $35.64 $74,130
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,100 0.40 3.94 $32.31 $67,210
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 200 0.35 3.43 $22.37 $46,530
Albuquerque, NM 120 0.33 3.29 $25.33 $52,690
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 250 0.32 3.10 $25.30 $52,630
Madison, WI 90 0.26 2.58 $23.10 $48,050
Tucson, AZ 70 0.21 2.05 $22.02 $45,810
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 210 0.21 2.04 $18.25 $37,950
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.19 1.82 $29.18 $60,700
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.19 1.88 $23.38 $48,620




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,650 0.67 6.55 $35.64 $74,130
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,100 0.40 3.94 $32.31 $67,210
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 150 0.12 1.16 $29.43 $61,210
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.19 1.82 $29.18 $60,700
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 110 0.05 0.49 $28.45 $59,180
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 90 0.18 1.74 $27.98 $58,190
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 260 0.11 1.07 $27.83 $57,890
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 70 0.14 1.40 $26.62 $55,360
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 90 0.10 1.02 $26.18 $54,440
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 180 0.12 1.20 $26.13 $54,350

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 2.39 $19.42 $40,400

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 2.39 $19.42 $40,400

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 2.39 $19.42 $40,400


About May 2013 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.

(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:

May 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014