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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

27-4013 Radio Operators

Receive and transmit communications using radiotelephone equipment in accordance with government regulations. May repair equipment. Excludes "Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairs" (49-2021).


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)
870 7.6 % $21.49 $44,710 2.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.51 $14.17 $20.30 $27.65 $34.36
Annual Wage (2) $21,850 $29,480 $42,220 $57,510 $71,470


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)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 230 0.01 $24.87 $51,740
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 230 0.00 $22.17 $46,110
Radio and Television Broadcasting 200 0.09 (8) (8)
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 40 0.09 $20.17 $41,950

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 200 0.09 (8) (8)
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 40 0.09 $20.17 $41,950
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 230 0.01 $24.87 $51,740
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 230 0.00 $22.17 $46,110

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 230 0.01 $24.87 $51,740
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 230 (7) $22.17 $46,110
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 40 0.09 $20.17 $41,950


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)
Ohio 90 0.02 2.74 $20.33 $42,280
Louisiana 70 0.04 5.96 $16.93 $35,210
Minnesota 60 0.02 3.48 $25.52 $53,080
Illinois 50 0.01 1.42 (8) (8)
Texas 50 0.00 0.67 $17.61 $36,620




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)
Louisiana 70 0.04 5.96 $16.93 $35,210
Ohio 90 0.02 2.74 $20.33 $42,280
Minnesota 60 0.02 3.48 $25.52 $53,080
Missouri 40 0.01 2.08 $31.86 $66,270
Illinois 50 0.01 1.42 (8) (8)




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Missouri 40 0.01 2.08 $31.86 $66,270
Minnesota 60 0.02 3.48 $25.52 $53,080
Florida 30 0.00 0.60 $25.45 $52,930
Ohio 90 0.02 2.74 $20.33 $42,280
Texas 50 0.00 0.67 $17.61 $36,620





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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 70 0.02 3.93 $28.16 $58,580
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 40 0.00 0.64 $32.95 $68,540
Columbus, OH 30 0.03 4.91 $21.67 $45,080




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)
Columbus, OH 30 0.03 4.91 $21.67 $45,080
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 70 0.02 3.93 $28.16 $58,580
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 40 0.00 0.64 $32.95 $68,540




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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 40 0.00 0.64 $32.95 $68,540
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 70 0.02 3.93 $28.16 $58,580
Columbus, OH 30 0.03 4.91 $21.67 $45,080
Lafayette, LA (8) (8) (8) $17.57 $36,550


About May 2018 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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:

May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019