Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

27-4014 Sound Engineering Technicians

Operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in sporting arenas, theater productions, recording studios, or movie and video productions.


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)
15,210 4.3 % $31.37 $65,240 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.75 $16.58 $25.81 $39.95 $58.48
Annual Wage (2) $24,440 $34,490 $53,680 $83,100 $121,630


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)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,490 1.06 $42.38 $88,150
Sound Recording Industries 3,150 18.49 $25.54 $53,120
Radio and Television Broadcasting 1,440 0.65 $27.00 $56,170
Performing Arts Companies 1,010 0.80 $27.50 $57,200
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 610 1.13 $27.88 $57,990

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sound Recording Industries 3,150 18.49 $25.54 $53,120
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 610 1.13 $27.88 $57,990
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,490 1.06 $42.38 $88,150
Performing Arts Companies 1,010 0.80 $27.50 $57,200
Radio and Television Broadcasting 1,440 0.65 $27.00 $56,170

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 120 0.01 $44.16 $91,860
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,490 1.06 $42.38 $88,150
Software Publishers 130 0.04 $41.57 $86,470
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 130 0.01 $34.11 $70,960
Other Information Services 140 0.06 $32.78 $68,190


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 4,980 0.31 2.88 $37.02 $77,010
New York 2,090 0.23 2.12 $38.16 $79,370
Florida 570 0.07 0.65 $19.81 $41,210
Georgia 550 0.13 1.20 $21.91 $45,570
Tennessee 540 0.19 1.71 $24.50 $50,960




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)
California 4,980 0.31 2.88 $37.02 $77,010
New York 2,090 0.23 2.12 $38.16 $79,370
Tennessee 540 0.19 1.71 $24.50 $50,960
Connecticut 280 0.17 1.55 $30.58 $63,610
Louisiana 270 0.14 1.28 (8) (8)




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 2,090 0.23 2.12 $38.16 $79,370
Washington 330 0.11 1.00 $37.44 $77,880
California 4,980 0.31 2.88 $37.02 $77,010
New Jersey 530 0.13 1.24 $35.15 $73,110
Nevada (8) (8) (8) $35.14 $73,100





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,690 0.88 8.08 $37.97 $78,970
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,960 0.30 2.74 $37.77 $78,560
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 470 0.18 1.68 $20.49 $42,620
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 380 0.42 3.87 $24.83 $51,650
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.32 2.97 $36.14 $75,170
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 290 0.18 1.70 $39.62 $82,420
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 240 0.17 1.59 $32.84 $68,300
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 220 0.06 0.57 $27.47 $57,130
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.14 1.26 $36.76 $76,460
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 210 0.12 1.09 $31.20 $64,900




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,690 0.88 8.08 $37.97 $78,970
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 380 0.42 3.87 $24.83 $51,650
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.32 2.97 $36.14 $75,170
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,960 0.30 2.74 $37.77 $78,560
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 160 0.28 2.55 (8) (8)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 110 0.25 2.35 $35.67 $74,180
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 130 0.23 2.11 (8) (8)
Asheville, NC 40 0.20 1.81 $19.60 $40,770
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 290 0.18 1.70 $39.62 $82,420
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 470 0.18 1.68 $20.49 $42,620




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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 290 0.18 1.70 $39.62 $82,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,690 0.88 8.08 $37.97 $78,970
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,960 0.30 2.74 $37.77 $78,560
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.14 1.26 $36.76 $76,460
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.32 2.97 $36.14 $75,170
Kansas City, MO-KS 40 0.03 0.32 $36.04 $74,960
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV (8) (8) (8) $35.99 $74,860
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 110 0.25 2.35 $35.67 $74,180
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 240 0.17 1.59 $32.84 $68,300
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 60 0.11 0.98 $32.20 $66,970


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.

(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