Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
30,330 4.9 % $21.84 $45,430 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.36 $12.42 $18.54 $29.02 $38.60
Annual Wage (2) $19,460 $25,840 $38,550 $60,370 $80,280


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 22,100 10.06 $20.58 $42,810
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,560 2.76 $23.56 $49,010
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,360 0.32 $27.55 $57,310
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 930 0.03 $23.80 $49,500
State Government (OES Designation) 840 0.04 $19.07 $39,670

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 22,100 10.06 $20.58 $42,810
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,560 2.76 $23.56 $49,010
Satellite Telecommunications 50 0.93 (8) (8)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,360 0.32 $27.55 $57,310
Spectator Sports 190 0.14 $25.18 $52,370

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) 70 (7) $44.62 $92,810
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 760 0.13 $29.90 $62,190
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 40 0.03 $28.00 $58,240
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,360 0.32 $27.55 $57,310
Religious Organizations 50 0.02 $27.06 $56,280


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)
California 4,130 0.26 1.20 $25.26 $52,540
New York 4,000 0.44 2.03 $26.21 $54,520
Florida 1,970 0.24 1.11 $19.16 $39,860
Texas 1,920 0.16 0.76 $16.87 $35,080
Illinois 1,180 0.20 0.92 $21.93 $45,610




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 650 0.92 4.27 $36.27 $75,430
Wyoming 230 0.84 3.89 $19.64 $40,860
New York 4,000 0.44 2.03 $26.21 $54,520
Montana 160 0.35 1.62 $15.05 $31,300
Connecticut 580 0.35 1.62 $20.50 $42,650




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 650 0.92 4.27 $36.27 $75,430
New York 4,000 0.44 2.03 $26.21 $54,520
Wisconsin 830 0.30 1.37 $25.85 $53,760
New Jersey 760 0.19 0.89 $25.85 $53,760
California 4,130 0.26 1.20 $25.26 $52,540





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 3,710 0.56 2.61 $27.50 $57,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,400 0.57 2.64 $26.63 $55,390
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,050 0.29 1.34 $22.34 $46,460
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 920 0.37 1.72 $33.64 $69,960
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 730 0.40 1.87 $23.75 $49,390
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 570 0.22 1.04 $24.16 $50,260
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 540 0.38 1.76 $25.19 $52,390
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 460 0.16 0.72 $17.44 $36,270
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 460 0.39 1.82 $25.87 $53,810
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 440 0.76 3.52 $20.80 $43,260




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 390 1.04 4.80 $16.61 $34,560
Evansville, IN-KY 150 1.00 4.61 $11.94 $24,840
Medford, OR 70 0.86 3.97 $14.64 $30,450
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 440 0.76 3.52 $20.80 $43,260
Portland-South Portland, ME 120 0.60 2.80 $18.43 $38,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,400 0.57 2.64 $26.63 $55,390
Duluth, MN-WI 70 0.57 2.63 $16.95 $35,260
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 200 0.57 2.64 $19.64 $40,850
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,710 0.56 2.61 $27.50 $57,210
Madison, WI 210 0.55 2.52 $21.98 $45,730




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)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 310 0.29 1.34 $34.34 $71,420
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 920 0.37 1.72 $33.64 $69,960
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.07 0.30 $33.46 $69,600
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI (8) (8) (8) $31.27 $65,050
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 90 0.12 0.56 $28.01 $58,270
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,710 0.56 2.61 $27.50 $57,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,400 0.57 2.64 $26.63 $55,390
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 70 0.05 0.23 $26.16 $54,420
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 460 0.39 1.82 $25.87 $53,810
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 540 0.38 1.76 $25.19 $52,390

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)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.62 2.86 $16.20 $33,690
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.60 2.76 (8) (8)
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 1.52 $12.40 $25,790
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 1.43 (8) (8)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 1.13 $17.27 $35,910

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)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.62 2.86 $16.20 $33,690
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.60 2.76 (8) (8)
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 1.52 $12.40 $25,790
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 1.43 (8) (8)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 1.13 $17.27 $35,910

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)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 1.13 $17.27 $35,910
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.62 2.86 $16.20 $33,690
Panhandle of Idaho nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.58 $32,400
South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.82 $30,810
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.81 $28,720


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017