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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
31,580 4.4 % $22.48 $46,770 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.16 $13.08 $19.27 $29.29 $39.70
Annual Wage (2) $21,130 $27,200 $40,080 $60,920 $82,580


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 22,620 10.44 $21.28 $44,260
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,190 0.53 $28.42 $59,120
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,290 2.39 $23.62 $49,130
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,130 0.04 $24.99 $51,970
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 820 0.04 $20.20 $42,010

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 22,620 10.44 $21.28 $44,260
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,290 2.39 $23.62 $49,130
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,190 0.53 $28.42 $59,120
Spectator Sports 440 0.30 $24.50 $50,950
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 170 0.11 $26.58 $55,290

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) 60 (7) $47.59 $98,980
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,190 0.53 $28.42 $59,120
Elementary and Secondary Schools 90 (7) $27.42 $57,040
Religious Organizations 40 0.02 $26.83 $55,800
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 170 0.11 $26.58 $55,290


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)
New York 5,590 0.60 2.73 $27.62 $57,460
California 4,450 0.26 1.20 $22.19 $46,140
Florida 2,150 0.25 1.14 $19.98 $41,550
Texas 1,680 0.14 0.63 $19.48 $40,510
Illinois 1,300 0.22 1.00 $24.11 $50,140




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 660 0.92 4.23 $39.01 $81,150
New York 5,590 0.60 2.73 $27.62 $57,460
Wyoming 150 0.56 2.58 $21.95 $45,660
South Carolina 740 0.36 1.65 $18.02 $37,480
Montana 140 0.30 1.38 $16.69 $34,720




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 660 0.92 4.23 $39.01 $81,150
New York 5,590 0.60 2.73 $27.62 $57,460
New Jersey 550 0.14 0.63 $26.42 $54,960
Maryland 520 0.19 0.89 $26.12 $54,330
Colorado 540 0.21 0.95 $24.63 $51,230





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 5,230 0.55 2.52 $28.16 $58,570
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,760 0.45 2.07 $21.40 $44,520
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,150 0.37 1.68 $34.02 $70,750
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,070 0.23 1.06 $25.28 $52,570
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,000 0.37 1.71 $22.19 $46,150
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 740 0.29 1.31 $20.29 $42,200
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 710 0.26 1.18 $23.28 $48,420
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 510 0.21 0.96 $29.93 $62,250
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 490 0.17 0.76 $19.83 $41,240
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 400 0.20 0.94 $21.68 $45,090




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)
Cheyenne, WY 110 2.49 11.41 $21.62 $44,970
Columbia, SC 380 1.01 4.62 $17.80 $37,020
Missoula, MT 60 0.98 4.51 $17.58 $36,560
Evansville, IN-KY 130 0.84 3.85 $11.97 $24,910
Medford, OR 70 0.79 3.63 $18.18 $37,810
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 80 0.58 2.68 $13.94 $29,000
Tallahassee, FL 100 0.57 2.60 $15.55 $32,350
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 5,230 0.55 2.52 $28.16 $58,570
Peoria, IL 90 0.53 2.44 $11.14 $23,170
Binghamton, NY 50 0.47 2.14 $15.87 $33,000




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 1,150 0.37 1.68 $34.02 $70,750
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 290 0.21 0.96 $30.09 $62,580
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 510 0.21 0.96 $29.93 $62,250
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 5,230 0.55 2.52 $28.16 $58,570
Lexington-Fayette, KY 70 0.24 1.12 $27.21 $56,600
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 380 0.26 1.19 $26.23 $54,560
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 70 0.05 0.22 $25.94 $53,960
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,070 0.23 1.06 $25.28 $52,570
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 290 0.15 0.67 $25.14 $52,290
St. Louis, MO-IL (8) (8) (8) $25.07 $52,140

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.14 0.64 $16.39 $34,090
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 1.62 (8) (8)
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 1.06 $14.76 $30,700
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.05 $16.34 $33,990
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 0.62 $15.44 $32,110

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)
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 1.62 (8) (8)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.05 $16.34 $33,990
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 1.06 $14.76 $30,700
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.14 0.64 $16.39 $34,090
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 0.62 $15.44 $32,110

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)
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.89 $37,200
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.14 0.64 $16.39 $34,090
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.05 $16.34 $33,990
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 0.62 $15.44 $32,110
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.13 $31,480


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