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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
25,270 6.4 % $ 24.66 $ 51,280 3.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Broadcast Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.82 $ 14.45 $ 21.51 $ 30.09 $ 43.68
Annual Wage (2) $ 24,580 $ 30,060 $ 44,740 $ 62,590 $ 90,850


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 18,230 9.57 $ 22.16 $ 46,100
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,780 3.73 $ 29.82 $ 62,030
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,220 0.39 $ 35.30 $ 73,430
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 820 0.03 $ 28.88 $ 60,060
Telecommunications 630 0.10 $ 27.87 $ 57,970

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 18,230 9.57 $ 22.16 $ 46,100
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,780 3.73 $ 29.82 $ 62,030
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,220 0.39 $ 35.30 $ 73,430
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 290 0.37 $ 46.19 $ 96,070
Spectator Sports 280 0.25 $ 44.14 $ 91,820

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) $ 49.98 $ 103,960
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 120 0.03 $ 47.46 $ 98,710
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 290 0.37 $ 46.19 $ 96,070
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services (8) (8) $ 46.12 $ 95,930
Spectator Sports 280 0.25 $ 44.14 $ 91,820


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.



Map of employment of broadcast technicians by state, May 2021


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)
California 4,670 0.28 1.57 $ 22.35 $ 46,490
New York 3,260 0.38 2.10 $ 35.18 $ 73,160
Texas 1,900 0.16 0.87 $ 20.66 $ 42,960
Florida 1,370 0.16 0.88 $ 24.13 $ 50,190
Georgia 1,080 0.25 1.38 $ 21.75 $ 45,250


Map of location quotient of broadcast technicians by state, May 2021


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 410 0.63 3.49 $ 35.33 $ 73,480
New York 3,260 0.38 2.10 $ 35.18 $ 73,160
Colorado 790 0.30 1.68 $ 31.89 $ 66,320
California 4,670 0.28 1.57 $ 22.35 $ 46,490
Arkansas 320 0.27 1.52 $ 18.66 $ 38,820


Map of annual mean wages of broadcast technicians by state, May 2021


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 410 0.63 3.49 $ 35.33 $ 73,480
New York 3,260 0.38 2.10 $ 35.18 $ 73,160
Colorado 790 0.30 1.68 $ 31.89 $ 66,320
New Hampshire 150 0.24 1.31 $ 31.59 $ 65,710
New Jersey 260 0.07 0.38 $ 31.54 $ 65,590



Map of employment of broadcast technicians by area, May 2021


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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,090 0.54 3.01 $ 21.82 $ 45,390
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,060 0.35 1.97 $ 36.27 $ 75,430
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 850 0.33 1.83 $ 23.25 $ 48,370
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 720 0.25 1.37 $ 33.63 $ 69,950
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 650 0.26 1.47 $ 27.80 $ 57,830
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 640 0.44 2.45 $ 33.52 $ 69,710
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 540 0.15 0.84 $ 22.14 $ 46,040
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 530 0.13 0.70 $ 24.43 $ 50,810
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 460 0.17 0.97 $ 24.37 $ 50,690
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 410 0.18 1.03 $ 25.18 $ 52,370


Map of location quotient of broadcast technicians by area, May 2021


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)
Odessa, TX 40 0.65 3.62 $ 19.02 $ 39,560
Missoula, MT 30 0.57 3.19 $ 14.64 $ 30,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,090 0.54 3.01 $ 21.82 $ 45,390
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 170 0.52 2.93 $ 19.44 $ 40,430
Tyler, TX 50 0.49 2.74 $ 19.00 $ 39,520
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 640 0.44 2.45 $ 33.52 $ 69,710
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 50 0.43 2.42 $ 18.93 $ 39,370
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 80 0.43 2.39 $ 28.41 $ 59,090
Fresno, CA 160 0.42 2.35 $ 20.46 $ 42,550
Billings, MT 30 0.39 2.18 $ 18.12 $ 37,690


Map of annual mean wages of broadcast technicians by area, May 2021


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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,060 0.35 1.97 $ 36.27 $ 75,430
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 110 0.21 1.17 $ 34.13 $ 70,990
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 720 0.25 1.37 $ 33.63 $ 69,950
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 640 0.44 2.45 $ 33.52 $ 69,710
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 320 0.13 0.70 $ 32.53 $ 67,660
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 110 0.09 0.52 $ 31.54 $ 65,610
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 230 0.12 0.67 $ 30.76 $ 63,970
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 360 0.20 1.12 $ 29.74 $ 61,860
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 80 0.43 2.39 $ 28.41 $ 59,090
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 650 0.26 1.47 $ 27.80 $ 57,830

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)
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 1.71 $ 25.71 $ 53,490
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.33 1.84 $ 24.37 $ 50,690
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 30 0.15 0.82 $ 12.94 $ 26,910

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 30 0.33 1.84 $ 24.37 $ 50,690
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 1.71 $ 25.71 $ 53,490
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 30 0.15 0.82 $ 12.94 $ 26,910

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)
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 1.71 $ 25.71 $ 53,490
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.33 1.84 $ 24.37 $ 50,690
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 30 0.15 0.82 $ 12.94 $ 26,910


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