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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

27-4012 Broadcast Technicians

Set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to acquire, edit, and transmit audio and video for radio or television programs. Control and adjust incoming and outgoing broadcast signals to regulate sound volume, signal strength, and signal clarity. Operate satellite, microwave, or other transmitter equipment to broadcast radio or television programs.


National estimates for Broadcast Technicians
Industry profile for Broadcast Technicians
Geographic profile for Broadcast Technicians

National estimates for Broadcast Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Broadcast Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
25,960 3.0 % $ 23.68 $ 49,250 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Broadcast Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.37 $ 13.91 $ 20.95 $ 30.28 $ 40.20
Annual Wage (2) $ 21,570 $ 28,930 $ 43,570 $ 62,980 $ 83,620


Industry profile for Broadcast Technicians:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Broadcast Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Radio and Television Broadcasting 18,200 8.96 $ 21.91 $ 45,570
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,510 0.46 $ 30.54 $ 63,510
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,330 2.65 $ 28.97 $ 60,270
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,060 0.03 $ 26.00 $ 54,090
Other Information Services 650 0.19 $ 28.86 $ 60,030

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Broadcast Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Radio and Television Broadcasting 18,200 8.96 $ 21.91 $ 45,570
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,330 2.65 $ 28.97 $ 60,270
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,510 0.46 $ 30.54 $ 63,510
Sound Recording Industries 60 0.31 (8) (8)
Spectator Sports 230 0.21 $ 24.07 $ 50,070

Top paying industries for Broadcast Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 40 (7) $ 48.74 $ 101,380
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 110 0.10 $ 30.70 $ 63,860
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,510 0.46 $ 30.54 $ 63,510
Telecommunications 330 0.05 $ 29.57 $ 61,500
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,330 2.65 $ 28.97 $ 60,270


Geographic profile for Broadcast Technicians:

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





States with the highest employment level in Broadcast Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 4,480 0.52 2.76 $ 28.01 $ 58,270
California 2,790 0.17 0.91 $ 25.85 $ 53,770
Texas 1,780 0.15 0.79 $ 19.38 $ 40,300
Florida 1,690 0.20 1.07 $ 22.47 $ 46,730
Georgia 1,570 0.36 1.95 $ 22.14 $ 46,050




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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 480 0.69 3.71 $ 34.24 $ 71,230
New York 4,480 0.52 2.76 $ 28.01 $ 58,270
Wyoming 120 0.45 2.40 $ 19.27 $ 40,080
North Dakota 150 0.37 1.99 $ 24.85 $ 51,680
Georgia 1,570 0.36 1.95 $ 22.14 $ 46,050




Top paying states for Broadcast Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 480 0.69 3.71 $ 34.24 $ 71,230
Colorado 720 0.28 1.51 $ 29.24 $ 60,820
New Jersey 260 0.07 0.36 $ 28.49 $ 59,250
New York 4,480 0.52 2.76 $ 28.01 $ 58,270
Michigan 560 0.14 0.76 $ 28.01 $ 58,260





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Broadcast 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 4,100 0.46 2.49 $ 29.04 $ 60,400
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,440 0.25 1.33 $ 25.86 $ 53,790
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,220 0.46 2.48 $ 23.18 $ 48,220
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 740 0.30 1.59 $ 24.70 $ 51,380
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 730 0.24 1.29 $ 32.42 $ 67,430
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 660 0.15 0.81 $ 20.82 $ 43,300
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 590 0.41 2.18 $ 30.62 $ 63,680
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 480 0.16 0.87 $ 19.05 $ 39,630
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 380 0.10 0.56 $ 20.82 $ 43,310
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 380 0.14 0.78 $ 25.09 $ 52,190




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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Missoula, MT 80 1.29 6.93 $ 15.43 $ 32,100
Bismarck, ND 60 0.83 4.45 $ 22.15 $ 46,070
Madison, WI 290 0.77 4.11 $ 23.75 $ 49,400
Fargo, ND-MN 90 0.65 3.46 $ 27.36 $ 56,920
Columbus, GA-AL 70 0.60 3.22 $ 10.24 $ 21,290
Tallahassee, FL 100 0.60 3.21 $ 20.26 $ 42,140
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 70 0.56 3.00 $ 14.92 $ 31,040
Medford, OR 50 0.54 2.90 $ 21.53 $ 44,780
Columbia, MO 40 0.48 2.55 $ 14.58 $ 30,320
Portland-South Portland, ME 90 0.47 2.53 $ 21.23 $ 44,150




Top paying metropolitan areas for Broadcast Technicians:

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 730 0.24 1.29 $ 32.42 $ 67,430
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 370 0.16 0.85 $ 31.50 $ 65,510
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 590 0.41 2.18 $ 30.62 $ 63,680
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,100 0.46 2.49 $ 29.04 $ 60,400
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 80 0.06 0.30 $ 28.59 $ 59,480
Lexington-Fayette, KY 50 0.19 1.04 $ 28.12 $ 58,500
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 200 0.10 0.55 $ 28.08 $ 58,420
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 180 0.19 1.01 $ 28.04 $ 58,330
Columbus, OH 110 0.10 0.56 $ 27.85 $ 57,920
Fargo, ND-MN 90 0.65 3.46 $ 27.36 $ 56,920

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Broadcast Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.19 1.04 $ 13.27 $ 27,600
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 1.75 $ 13.73 $ 28,550
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 1.89 $ 18.79 $ 39,080
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.19 1.03 $ 16.50 $ 34,310
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 2.13 (8) (8)

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 2.13 (8) (8)
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 1.89 $ 18.79 $ 39,080
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 1.75 $ 13.73 $ 28,550
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.23 $ 18.23 $ 37,920
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.19 1.04 $ 13.27 $ 27,600

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Broadcast Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 19.46 $ 40,470
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 19.28 $ 40,110
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 1.89 $ 18.79 $ 39,080
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.23 $ 18.23 $ 37,920
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.19 1.03 $ 16.50 $ 34,310


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.

(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 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