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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

27-4014 Sound Engineering Technicians

Assemble and operate equipment to record, synchronize, mix, edit, or reproduce sound, including music, voices, or sound effects, for theater, video, film, television, podcasts, sporting events, and other productions. Excludes "Audio and Video Technicians" (27-4011).


National estimates for Sound Engineering Technicians
Industry profile for Sound Engineering Technicians
Geographic profile for Sound Engineering Technicians

National estimates for Sound Engineering Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Sound Engineering Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
10,870 5.2 % $ 32.31 $ 67,210 4.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Sound Engineering Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.30 $ 17.05 $ 25.73 $ 37.22 $ 57.56
Annual Wage (2) $ 27,650 $ 35,460 $ 53,520 $ 77,410 $ 119,720


Industry profile for Sound Engineering Technicians:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Sound Engineering Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sound Recording Industries 2,900 16.11 $ 32.63 $ 67,860
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,520 0.76 $ 41.98 $ 87,310
Radio and Television Broadcasting 700 0.34 $ 27.23 $ 56,640
Performing Arts Companies 610 0.60 $ 30.76 $ 63,980
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 540 0.02 $ 18.54 $ 38,570

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Sound Engineering Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sound Recording Industries 2,900 16.11 $ 32.63 $ 67,860
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,520 0.76 $ 41.98 $ 87,310
Performing Arts Companies 610 0.60 $ 30.76 $ 63,980
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 60 0.53 $ 22.34 $ 46,460
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 250 0.53 $ 33.32 $ 69,310

Top paying industries for Sound Engineering Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 40 0.01 $ 44.49 $ 92,550
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,520 0.76 $ 41.98 $ 87,310
Scientific Research and Development Services 30 (7) $ 34.49 $ 71,740
Employment Services 160 (7) $ 33.55 $ 69,790
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 250 0.53 $ 33.32 $ 69,310


Geographic profile for Sound Engineering Technicians:

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





States with the highest employment level in Sound Engineering Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,300 0.20 2.57 $ 40.82 $ 84,910
New York 1,380 0.16 2.03 $ 38.47 $ 80,030
Florida 660 0.08 0.99 $ 27.17 $ 56,510
Texas 580 0.05 0.61 $ 27.30 $ 56,790
Tennessee 340 0.12 1.52 $ 28.10 $ 58,450




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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,300 0.20 2.57 $ 40.82 $ 84,910
Utah 290 0.20 2.53 $ 13.88 $ 28,870
District of Columbia 120 0.17 2.18 $ 34.58 $ 71,930
New York 1,380 0.16 2.03 $ 38.47 $ 80,030
Oregon 240 0.13 1.69 $ 23.20 $ 48,260




Top paying states for Sound Engineering Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,300 0.20 2.57 $ 40.82 $ 84,910
New York 1,380 0.16 2.03 $ 38.47 $ 80,030
Connecticut 50 0.03 0.39 $ 37.83 $ 78,680
Michigan 90 0.02 0.29 $ 35.19 $ 73,200
District of Columbia 120 0.17 2.18 $ 34.58 $ 71,930





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Sound Engineering 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 2,550 0.44 5.60 $ 43.03 $ 89,500
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,410 0.16 2.05 $ 36.92 $ 76,790
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 370 0.15 1.90 $ 26.37 $ 54,850
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 330 0.11 1.41 $ 26.57 $ 55,260
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 300 0.13 1.67 $ 32.05 $ 66,670
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 290 0.30 3.89 $ 29.36 $ 61,070
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 290 0.11 1.42 $ 34.16 $ 71,060
Salt Lake City, UT 270 0.38 4.81 (8) (8)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 260 0.06 0.75 $ 26.90 $ 55,960
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 240 0.07 0.84 $ 28.83 $ 59,970




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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medford, OR 40 0.53 6.79 $ 22.55 $ 46,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,550 0.44 5.60 $ 43.03 $ 89,500
Salt Lake City, UT 270 0.38 4.81 (8) (8)
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 290 0.30 3.89 $ 29.36 $ 61,070
Boulder, CO 40 0.24 3.06 $ 31.01 $ 64,500
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,410 0.16 2.05 $ 36.92 $ 76,790
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 370 0.15 1.90 $ 26.37 $ 54,850
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 170 0.15 1.89 $ 25.38 $ 52,780
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 300 0.13 1.67 $ 32.05 $ 66,670
Albuquerque, NM 50 0.12 1.57 $ 25.49 $ 53,030




Top paying metropolitan areas for Sound Engineering 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 2,550 0.44 5.60 $ 43.03 $ 89,500
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,410 0.16 2.05 $ 36.92 $ 76,790
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 40 0.03 0.37 $ 34.49 $ 71,740
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 290 0.11 1.42 $ 34.16 $ 71,060
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 300 0.13 1.67 $ 32.05 $ 66,670
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 90 0.07 0.94 $ 31.78 $ 66,090
Boulder, CO 40 0.24 3.06 $ 31.01 $ 64,500
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 70 0.05 0.64 $ 29.71 $ 61,810
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA (8) (8) (8) $ 29.62 $ 61,610
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 290 0.30 3.89 $ 29.36 $ 61,070


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