Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

27-4012 Broadcast Technicians

Set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to transmit radio and television programs. Control audio equipment to regulate volume level and quality of sound during radio and television broadcasts. Operate transmitter 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)
30,390 5.0 % $22.47 $46,730 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.89 $12.88 $18.78 $29.68 $40.27
Annual Wage (2) $20,570 $26,790 $39,060 $61,740 $83,760


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 22,500 10.39 $21.44 $44,590
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,710 0.40 $28.02 $58,270
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,240 2.32 $22.66 $47,140
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 990 0.03 $24.79 $51,550
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 810 0.04 $20.18 $41,980

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 22,500 10.39 $21.44 $44,590
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,240 2.32 $22.66 $47,140
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,710 0.40 $28.02 $58,270
Spectator Sports 350 0.25 $25.35 $52,740
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 650 0.13 $24.19 $50,320

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) 60 (7) $46.27 $96,250
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 100 0.07 $31.51 $65,530
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,710 0.40 $28.02 $58,270
Performing Arts Companies 30 0.03 $27.25 $56,680
Management of Companies and Enterprises 60 (7) $26.79 $55,710


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 4,630 0.50 2.36 $27.97 $58,170
California 4,620 0.28 1.30 $22.91 $47,650
Florida 1,940 0.23 1.08 $17.99 $37,420
Texas 1,580 0.13 0.62 $18.34 $38,150
Illinois 1,190 0.20 0.94 $24.45 $50,860




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 700 0.98 4.62 $38.67 $80,440
Wyoming 190 0.72 3.36 $21.85 $45,440
New York 4,630 0.50 2.36 $27.97 $58,170
South Carolina 650 0.33 1.53 $16.97 $35,310
Montana 130 0.28 1.32 $17.59 $36,600




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 700 0.98 4.62 $38.67 $80,440
New York 4,630 0.50 2.36 $27.97 $58,170
Maryland 480 0.18 0.85 $27.39 $56,970
Utah 130 0.10 0.45 $26.51 $55,140
Tennessee 320 0.11 0.51 $26.31 $54,730



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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,160 0.62 2.91 $28.84 $59,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,710 0.61 2.87 $22.83 $47,480
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,170 0.47 2.18 $35.94 $74,760
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 920 0.25 1.17 $26.22 $54,540
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 810 0.44 2.06 $23.55 $48,980
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 500 0.19 0.90 $24.12 $50,170
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 400 0.21 0.97 $21.56 $44,840
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 390 0.27 1.26 $23.75 $49,390
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 370 0.26 1.22 $21.01 $43,710
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 360 0.12 0.58 $20.64 $42,940


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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 350 0.95 4.43 $16.50 $34,320
Medford, OR 70 0.79 3.70 $15.39 $32,000
Evansville, IN-KY 110 0.73 3.41 $12.32 $25,620
Missoula, MT 40 0.67 3.12 (8) (8)
Duluth, MN-WI 80 0.66 3.07 $16.46 $34,250
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,160 0.62 2.91 $28.84 $59,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,710 0.61 2.87 $22.83 $47,480
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 50 0.59 2.75 $23.67 $49,230
Binghamton, NY 60 0.57 2.68 $14.41 $29,970
Tallahassee, FL 90 0.51 2.39 $15.47 $32,170


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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 Metropolitan Division 1,170 0.47 2.18 $35.94 $74,760
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.27 1.27 $32.99 $68,630
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 80 0.11 0.51 $30.72 $63,890
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 320 0.23 1.10 $29.34 $61,030
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,160 0.62 2.91 $28.84 $59,980
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 70 0.05 0.24 $28.16 $58,580
Salt Lake City, UT 110 0.16 0.77 $27.80 $57,810
Trenton, NJ 70 0.31 1.44 $26.90 $55,960
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 80 0.07 0.35 $26.86 $55,870
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 50 0.09 0.44 $26.58 $55,280

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)
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.48 2.27 (8) (8)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 1.35 (8) (8)
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 1.27 $15.83 $32,930
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 1.31 $16.50 $34,320

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)
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.48 2.27 (8) (8)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 1.35 (8) (8)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 1.31 $16.50 $34,320
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 1.27 $15.83 $32,930

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)
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.20 $35,770
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 1.31 $16.50 $34,320
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 1.27 $15.83 $32,930


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018