Broadcasting (except Internet): NAICS 515

About the Broadcasting (except Internet) subsector

The broadcasting (except internet) subsector is part of the information sector.

Industries in the Broadcasting (except Internet) subsector include establishments that create content or acquire the right to distribute content and subsequently broadcast the content. The industry groups (Radio and Television Broadcasting and Cable and Other Subscription Programming) are based on differences in the methods of communication and the nature of services provided. The Radio and Television Broadcasting industry group includes establishments that operate broadcasting studios and facilities for over the air or satellite delivery of radio and television programs of entertainment, news, talk, and the like. These establishments are often engaged in the production and purchase of programs and generating revenues from the sale of air time to advertisers and from donations, subsidies, and/or the sale of programs. The Cable and Other Subscription Programming industry group includes establishments operating studios and facilities for the broadcasting of programs that are typically narrowcast in nature (limited format, such as news, sports, education, and youth-oriented programming) on a subscription or fee basis.

North American Industry Classification System

The broadcasting (except internet) subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Radio and Television Broadcasting: NAICS 5151
  • Cable and Other Subscription Programming: NAICS 5152

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in broadcasting (except internet). While most data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys, information on industry unemployment comes from a national survey of households. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, the unemployment rate of those previously employed in the industry, union membership and representation, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment and Unemployment

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Jun.
2017
Jul.
2017
Aug.
2017
Sep.
2017

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

260.0 259.1 (p)258.7 (p)259.8

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

207.2 205.6 (p)204.9  

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

2.4% 2.5% 3.4% 3.2%

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(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Union Membership and Representation

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2013 2014 2015 2016

Union membership and representation

Members of unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

5.5% 7.0% 6.7% 5.9%

Represented by unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

6.3% 7.6% 8.5% 8.0%

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2016

Advertising sales agents

25,800

Broadcast technicians

23,660

Producers and directors

31,210

Radio and television announcers

25,840

Reporters and correspondents

11,540

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for broadcasting (except internet).

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours, as well as weekly earnings by union membership status, are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in broadcasting (except internet).

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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2017
Jun.
2017
Jul.
2017
Aug.
2017

Average hourly earnings

$35.20 $35.24 $35.60 (p)$35.46

Average weekly hours

34.8 35.0 35.4 (p)34.9

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(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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May
2017
Jun.
2017
Jul.
2017
Aug.
2017

Average hourly earnings

$28.16 $27.93 $28.38 (p)$28.16

Average weekly hours

34.4 34.7 35.4 (p)34.8

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(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Union Membership and Representation

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Median weekly earnings
2013 2014 2015 2016

Union membership and representation

Full-time workers

$897 $902 $980 $1,017

Members of unions

$958 -$ -$ -$

Represented by unions

$937 -$ -$ -$

Nonunion

$895 $879 $968 $1,020

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2016
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Advertising sales agents

22.34 28.45 46,470 59,180

Broadcast technicians

17.47 20.78 36,340 43,220

Producers and directors

28.99 37.40 60,290 77,790

Radio and television announcers

14.68 22.25 30,530 46,280

Reporters and correspondents

20.99 27.63 43,650 57,470

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in broadcasting (except internet). An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2012 2013 2014 2015

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

3 7 6 8

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2015

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

1.3

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

0.7

Cases involving days away from work

0.5

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.2

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction.

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Jun.
2017
Jul.
2017
Aug.
2017
Sep.
2017

Producer price index

(p)128.6 (p)124.8 (p)123.2 (p)122.8

Percent change from previous month

  (p)1.0% (p)-3.0% (p)-1.3% (p)-0.3%

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(p) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in broadcasting (except internet). Also included in this section is information on productivity, presented as the rate of change in output per hour of workers in the industry.

Establishments

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2016
3rd quarter
2016
4th quarter
2016
1st quarter
2017

Number of establishments

Private industry

9,679 9,683 9,701 (p)9,698

Local government

35 36 36 (p)36

State government

68 69 69 (p)68

Federal government

3 3 3 (p)3

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(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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2013 2014 2015 2016

Labor productivity index, output per hour

137.701 152.790 161.475 173.916

Percent change from previous year

3.7 11.0 5.7 7.7

Labor index, total labor hours

85.438 81.615 80.528 77.955

Percent change from previous year

-0.5 -4.5 -1.3 -3.2

Output index

117.649 124.700 130.033 135.577

Percent change from previous year

3.2 6.0 4.3 4.3

Unit labor costs index

98.754 96.652 99.687 96.957

Percent change from previous year

2.1 -2.1 3.1 -2.7

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: October 20, 2017