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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
28,650 3.2 % $22.50 $46,800 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.40 $13.14 $19.51 $29.10 $39.46
Annual Wage (2) $21,620 $27,320 $40,570 $60,520 $82,080


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 20,110 9.35 $21.20 $44,090
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,910 0.44 $29.93 $62,260
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,180 2.21 $25.28 $52,570
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,060 0.03 $24.97 $51,930
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 810 0.04 $19.59 $40,750

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 20,110 9.35 $21.20 $44,090
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,180 2.21 $25.28 $52,570
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,910 0.44 $29.93 $62,260
Sound Recording Industries 70 0.37 (8) (8)
Spectator Sports 360 0.24 $22.03 $45,820

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) 50 (7) $47.65 $99,100
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,910 0.44 $29.93 $62,260
Telecommunications 310 0.04 $29.17 $60,670
Religious Organizations 70 0.04 $27.41 $57,000
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 170 0.11 $26.54 $55,210


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 4,710 0.49 2.54 $27.80 $57,820
California 3,750 0.22 1.11 $22.36 $46,500
Texas 1,790 0.14 0.74 $19.39 $40,330
Florida 1,780 0.20 1.04 $19.40 $40,350
Georgia 1,320 0.30 1.52 $22.04 $45,850




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 520 0.71 3.66 $36.46 $75,840
New York 4,710 0.49 2.54 $27.80 $57,820
South Carolina 730 0.34 1.77 $17.63 $36,660
North Dakota 140 0.32 1.66 $19.32 $40,190
Georgia 1,320 0.30 1.52 $22.04 $45,850




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 520 0.71 3.66 $36.46 $75,840
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $30.63 $63,700
New York 4,710 0.49 2.54 $27.80 $57,820
Maryland 420 0.16 0.81 $26.82 $55,790
Virginia 910 0.23 1.20 $25.92 $53,920





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 4,060 0.42 2.16 $29.01 $60,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,210 0.35 1.82 $21.71 $45,160
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,000 0.37 1.88 $22.83 $47,490
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 980 0.31 1.58 $34.37 $71,500
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 870 0.19 0.95 $21.13 $43,950
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 750 0.28 1.46 $20.17 $41,950
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 620 0.22 1.14 $22.30 $46,390
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 550 0.18 0.93 $18.53 $38,550
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 520 0.34 1.77 $26.93 $56,010
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 450 0.18 0.94 $27.59 $57,390




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)
Columbia, SC 440 1.14 5.87 $17.65 $36,700
Missoula, MT 60 0.95 4.89 $17.16 $35,700
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 100 0.72 3.69 $14.12 $29,370
Medford, OR 60 0.71 3.63 $20.29 $42,210
Bismarck, ND 50 0.71 3.63 $18.95 $39,410
Macon, GA 70 0.69 3.52 $16.04 $33,360
Tallahassee, FL 110 0.60 3.09 $13.47 $28,020
Fargo, ND-MN 70 0.52 2.65 $21.27 $44,250
State College, PA 30 0.50 2.56 $10.16 $21,140
Madison, WI 190 0.48 2.45 $22.96 $47,750




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 980 0.31 1.58 $34.37 $71,500
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 70 0.05 0.24 $29.99 $62,380
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,060 0.42 2.16 $29.01 $60,340
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 280 0.20 1.05 $27.66 $57,540
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 450 0.18 0.94 $27.59 $57,390
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 160 0.16 0.80 $27.58 $57,370
Lexington-Fayette, KY 50 0.20 1.02 $27.21 $56,590
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 520 0.34 1.77 $26.93 $56,010
St. Louis, MO-IL 170 0.13 0.65 $26.87 $55,890
Knoxville, TN 30 0.08 0.42 $26.00 $54,080

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)
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 60 0.39 2.01 $18.43 $38,340
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.39 2.00 $18.48 $38,440
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.11 0.58 (8) (8)
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 40 0.24 1.24 $17.44 $36,270
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 0.82 $17.30 $35,980

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 60 0.39 2.01 $18.43 $38,340
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.39 2.00 $18.48 $38,440
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 1.43 $20.55 $42,750
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 1.45 $12.49 $25,970
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 40 0.24 1.24 $17.44 $36,270

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)
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 1.43 $20.55 $42,750
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.39 2.00 $18.48 $38,440
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 60 0.39 2.01 $18.43 $38,340
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 40 0.24 1.24 $17.44 $36,270
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 0.82 $17.30 $35,980


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020