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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

27-4011 Audio and Video Technicians

Set up, maintain, and dismantle audio and video equipment, such as microphones, sound speakers, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, video cameras, video monitors and servers, and related electronic equipment for live or recorded events, such as concerts, meetings, conventions, presentations, podcasts, news conferences, and sporting events. Excludes "Sound Engineering Technicians" (27-4014), "Lighting Technicians" (27-4015), and "Audiovisual Equipment Installers and Repairers" (49-2097).


National estimates for Audio and Video Technicians
Industry profile for Audio and Video Technicians
Geographic profile for Audio and Video Technicians

National estimates for Audio and Video Technicians: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Audio and Video Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
62,360 2.4 % $ 25.67 $ 53,390 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Audio and Video Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.39 $ 17.10 $ 23.04 $ 31.22 $ 41.85
Annual Wage (2) $ 27,840 $ 35,570 $ 47,920 $ 64,940 $ 87,050


Industry profile for Audio and Video Technicians: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Audio and Video Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rental and leasing services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) 11,740 3.76 $ 24.43 $ 50,820
Motion Picture and Video Industries 7,960 2.41 $ 32.12 $ 66,800
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,910 0.13 $ 23.71 $ 49,330
Radio and Television Broadcasting 3,850 1.89 $ 25.45 $ 52,940
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 3,350 2.94 $ 23.91 $ 49,730

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Audio and Video Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rental and leasing services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) 11,740 3.76 $ 24.43 $ 50,820
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,710 3.53 $ 25.07 $ 52,140
Sound Recording Industries 630 3.51 $ 24.81 $ 51,610
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 3,350 2.94 $ 23.91 $ 49,730
Performing Arts Companies 2,560 2.51 $ 24.77 $ 51,520

Top paying industries for Audio and Video Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Software Publishers 180 0.04 $ 38.81 $ 80,720
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing (8) (8) $ 34.80 $ 72,380
Nonresidential Building Construction (8) (8) $ 33.92 $ 70,550
Legal Services 240 0.02 $ 33.36 $ 69,380
Motion Picture and Video Industries 7,960 2.41 $ 32.12 $ 66,800


Geographic profile for Audio and Video Technicians: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Audio and Video Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 9,980 0.61 1.36 $ 32.45 $ 67,500
New York 6,250 0.72 1.60 $ 29.80 $ 61,980
Florida 5,740 0.68 1.52 $ 23.99 $ 49,890
Texas 3,870 0.32 0.71 $ 20.50 $ 42,630
Illinois 2,310 0.41 0.91 $ 22.93 $ 47,700




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Audio and Video Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 1,620 1.30 2.90 $ 25.73 $ 53,510
District of Columbia 650 0.95 2.12 $ 32.21 $ 66,990
New York 6,250 0.72 1.60 $ 29.80 $ 61,980
Florida 5,740 0.68 1.52 $ 23.99 $ 49,890
Alaska 200 0.66 1.47 $ 20.41 $ 42,460




Top paying states for Audio and Video Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 1,180 0.37 0.82 $ 34.85 $ 72,500
California 9,980 0.61 1.36 $ 32.45 $ 67,500
District of Columbia 650 0.95 2.12 $ 32.21 $ 66,990
New York 6,250 0.72 1.60 $ 29.80 $ 61,980
Massachusetts 2,140 0.64 1.43 $ 28.93 $ 60,180





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Audio and Video Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 6,440 0.73 1.63 $ 30.39 $ 63,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,520 0.95 2.11 $ 35.56 $ 73,960
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,050 0.47 1.05 $ 22.79 $ 47,410
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,970 1.65 3.68 $ 26.29 $ 54,680
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,900 0.73 1.63 $ 29.21 $ 60,760
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,840 0.73 1.63 $ 24.27 $ 50,490
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,700 0.65 1.44 $ 22.09 $ 45,940
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,690 0.56 1.25 $ 29.53 $ 61,430
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,620 0.45 1.01 $ 20.20 $ 42,020
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,510 0.65 1.44 $ 31.80 $ 66,140




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Audio and Video Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,970 1.65 3.68 $ 26.29 $ 54,680
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 1,380 1.53 3.41 $ 26.57 $ 55,270
Charlottesville, VA 160 1.47 3.29 (8) (8)
Lafayette, LA 240 1.24 2.78 $ 26.98 $ 56,120
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 90 1.21 2.71 $ 19.80 $ 41,180
Anchorage, AK 180 1.07 2.38 $ 20.24 $ 42,090
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 70 1.00 2.24 $ 21.65 $ 45,020
Reno, NV 220 0.97 2.17 $ 21.15 $ 43,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,520 0.95 2.11 $ 35.56 $ 73,960
Cedar Rapids, IA 130 0.92 2.06 $ 24.28 $ 50,490




Top paying metropolitan areas for Audio and Video Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 890 0.45 1.01 $ 38.71 $ 80,510
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 70 0.21 0.47 $ 37.50 $ 77,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,520 0.95 2.11 $ 35.56 $ 73,960
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,510 0.65 1.44 $ 31.80 $ 66,140
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 750 0.68 1.52 $ 30.58 $ 63,600
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 6,440 0.73 1.63 $ 30.39 $ 63,220
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,690 0.56 1.25 $ 29.53 $ 61,430
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,900 0.73 1.63 $ 29.21 $ 60,760
Boulder, CO (8) (8) (8) $ 29.11 $ 60,540
Eugene, OR (8) (8) (8) $ 29.10 $ 60,530

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Audio and Video Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 80 1.12 2.49 $ 16.62 $ 34,560
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.41 0.91 $ 18.43 $ 38,340
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 60 0.68 1.53 $ 24.11 $ 50,140
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 0.55 $ 12.03 $ 25,020
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.76 1.69 $ 17.52 $ 36,440

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Audio and Video Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 80 1.12 2.49 $ 16.62 $ 34,560
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.76 1.69 $ 17.52 $ 36,440
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 60 0.68 1.53 $ 24.11 $ 50,140
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 30 0.61 1.36 $ 27.61 $ 57,420
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.47 1.05 $ 21.01 $ 43,710

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Audio and Video Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 30 0.61 1.36 $ 27.61 $ 57,420
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 24.61 $ 51,180
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 60 0.68 1.53 $ 24.11 $ 50,140
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 0.81 $ 22.61 $ 47,040
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.46 $ 22.29 $ 46,370


About May 2020 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021