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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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:

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)
50,590 3.9 % $ 26.59 $ 55,310 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Audio and Video Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.50 $ 18.41 $ 23.47 $ 30.42 $ 43.36
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,160 $ 38,300 $ 48,820 $ 63,260 $ 90,180


Industry profile for Audio and Video Technicians:

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) 8,110 2.80 $ 27.24 $ 56,660
Motion Picture and Video Industries 7,130 2.26 $ 30.51 $ 63,460
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 4,050 0.14 $ 24.59 $ 51,150
Radio and Television Broadcasting 2,790 1.47 $ 22.30 $ 46,380
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 1,950 2.51 $ 24.28 $ 50,510

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) 8,110 2.80 $ 27.24 $ 56,660
Sound Recording Industries 470 2.68 $ 22.61 $ 47,040
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 1,950 2.51 $ 24.28 $ 50,510
Motion Picture and Video Industries 7,130 2.26 $ 30.51 $ 63,460
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 770 1.70 $ 26.92 $ 55,990

Top paying industries for Audio and Video Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Software Publishers 230 0.04 $ 43.30 $ 90,060
Legal Services 190 0.02 $ 36.98 $ 76,920
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing (8) (8) $ 35.44 $ 73,710
Insurance Carriers 30 (7) $ 33.65 $ 69,990
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 and 5223 only) 90 (7) $ 33.21 $ 69,080


Geographic profile for Audio and Video Technicians:

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.



Map of employment of audio and video technicians by state, May 2021


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 8,930 0.54 1.50 $ 30.24 $ 62,890
New York 4,910 0.57 1.58 $ 31.16 $ 64,800
Texas 4,000 0.33 0.91 $ 21.68 $ 45,100
Florida 3,550 0.41 1.15 $ 24.05 $ 50,020
Illinois 2,350 0.42 1.17 $ 24.45 $ 50,860


Map of location quotient of audio and video technicians by state, May 2021


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)
District of Columbia 540 0.82 2.27 $ 35.95 $ 74,770
Hawaii 390 0.70 1.96 $ 33.50 $ 69,680
New York 4,910 0.57 1.58 $ 31.16 $ 64,800
California 8,930 0.54 1.50 $ 30.24 $ 62,890
Massachusetts 1,800 0.53 1.48 $ 30.93 $ 64,340


Map of annual mean wages of audio and video technicians by state, May 2021


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 930 0.29 0.81 $ 36.44 $ 75,790
District of Columbia 540 0.82 2.27 $ 35.95 $ 74,770
Hawaii 390 0.70 1.96 $ 33.50 $ 69,680
Missouri 1,030 0.38 1.05 $ 31.38 $ 65,270
New York 4,910 0.57 1.58 $ 31.16 $ 64,800



Map of employment of audio and video technicians by area, May 2021


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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,960 0.87 2.41 $ 31.27 $ 65,040
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,700 0.54 1.51 $ 32.20 $ 66,980
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,810 0.43 1.19 $ 25.44 $ 52,920
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,470 0.50 1.39 $ 31.75 $ 66,040
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,390 0.54 1.49 $ 31.11 $ 64,700
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,200 0.54 1.49 $ 30.35 $ 63,130
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,170 0.33 0.91 $ 22.81 $ 47,440
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,090 0.44 1.23 $ 25.20 $ 52,420
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 800 0.44 1.22 $ 31.07 $ 64,630
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 790 0.68 1.88 $ 25.36 $ 52,740


Map of location quotient of audio and video technicians by area, May 2021


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)
Charlottesville, VA 170 1.57 4.38 (8) (8)
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 100 1.27 3.55 $ 20.98 $ 43,630
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 80 1.17 3.26 $ 22.81 $ 47,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,960 0.87 2.41 $ 31.27 $ 65,040
Bloomington, IL 70 0.81 2.26 $ 22.53 $ 46,860
Urban Honolulu, HI 320 0.80 2.24 $ 35.17 $ 73,160
Fort Wayne, IN 150 0.70 1.94 $ 19.58 $ 40,720
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 790 0.68 1.88 $ 25.36 $ 52,740
College Station-Bryan, TX 80 0.67 1.87 $ 20.15 $ 41,910
St. George, UT 50 0.64 1.78 $ 16.17 $ 33,630


Map of annual mean wages of audio and video technicians by area, May 2021


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 730 0.38 1.07 $ 38.66 $ 80,410
Urban Honolulu, HI 320 0.80 2.24 $ 35.17 $ 73,160
St. Louis, MO-IL 580 0.46 1.27 $ 32.90 $ 68,430
Oklahoma City, OK 180 0.30 0.83 $ 32.25 $ 67,080
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,700 0.54 1.51 $ 32.20 $ 66,980
Springfield, MO 60 0.30 0.83 $ 31.79 $ 66,130
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,470 0.50 1.39 $ 31.75 $ 66,040
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 150 0.40 1.11 $ 31.33 $ 65,160
Trenton, NJ 70 0.29 0.81 $ 31.31 $ 65,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,960 0.87 2.41 $ 31.27 $ 65,040

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 80 0.35 0.97 $ 18.30 $ 38,060
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 0.91 $ 20.00 $ 41,600
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 0.51 $ 22.75 $ 47,330
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 0.91 $ 21.30 $ 44,310
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 0.72 $ 21.68 $ 45,100

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)
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 0.57 1.58 $ 22.72 $ 47,260
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.51 1.41 $ 20.60 $ 42,840
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.46 1.28 $ 25.44 $ 52,920
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.38 1.06 $ 19.93 $ 41,460
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 80 0.35 0.97 $ 18.30 $ 38,060

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)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 0.55 $ 25.91 $ 53,880
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.46 1.28 $ 25.44 $ 52,920
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 0.51 $ 22.75 $ 47,330
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 0.57 1.58 $ 22.72 $ 47,260
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 0.55 $ 22.34 $ 46,460


About May 2021 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022