Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
13,370 4.3 % $32.78 $68,180 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.44 $17.41 $26.83 $42.87 $60.21
Annual Wage (2) $25,880 $36,220 $55,810 $89,160 $125,230


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 3,870 0.91 $44.42 $92,390
Sound Recording Industries 2,890 17.22 $27.84 $57,900
Radio and Television Broadcasting 1,090 0.50 $28.27 $58,800
Performing Arts Companies 790 0.62 $28.40 $59,070
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 570 1.10 $23.63 $49,150

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 2,890 17.22 $27.84 $57,900
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 570 1.10 $23.63 $49,150
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,870 0.91 $44.42 $92,390
Performing Arts Companies 790 0.62 $28.40 $59,070
Radio and Television Broadcasting 1,090 0.50 $28.27 $58,800

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Software Publishers 80 0.02 $45.47 $94,570
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,870 0.91 $44.42 $92,390
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 150 0.01 $42.89 $89,220
Elementary and Secondary Schools (8) (8) $34.93 $72,650
Other Information Services 100 0.04 $33.51 $69,690


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 4,740 0.28 3.03 $38.69 $80,480
New York 1,820 0.20 2.11 $38.65 $80,390
Florida 640 0.08 0.80 $23.49 $48,870
Texas 500 0.04 0.44 $26.30 $54,710
New Jersey 450 0.11 1.19 (8) (8)




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 4,740 0.28 3.03 $38.69 $80,480
New York 1,820 0.20 2.11 $38.65 $80,390
Utah 220 0.15 1.64 $13.31 $27,690
Tennessee 410 0.14 1.48 $27.19 $56,550
Louisiana 240 0.12 1.32 $43.58 $90,640




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 240 0.12 1.32 $43.58 $90,640
Connecticut 160 0.10 1.02 $38.89 $80,890
California 4,740 0.28 3.03 $38.69 $80,480
New York 1,820 0.20 2.11 $38.65 $80,390
Washington 250 0.08 0.85 $37.81 $78,650



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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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,400 0.77 8.19 $40.20 $83,610
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,630 0.24 2.59 $38.16 $79,370
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 350 0.13 1.43 $26.94 $56,040
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 310 0.27 2.93 $33.51 $69,700
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 300 0.32 3.38 $27.07 $56,310
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.17 1.85 $32.97 $68,570
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 270 0.07 0.77 $30.34 $63,110
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 220 0.15 1.64 $32.94 $68,510
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 220 0.13 1.42 $40.31 $83,840
Salt Lake City, UT 200 0.28 3.03 (8) (8)


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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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,400 0.77 8.19 $40.20 $83,610
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.38 4.09 $37.72 $78,450
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 300 0.32 3.38 $27.07 $56,310
Salt Lake City, UT 200 0.28 3.03 (8) (8)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 310 0.27 2.93 $33.51 $69,700
Elgin, IL Metropolitan Division 70 0.26 2.81 (8) (8)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 100 0.25 2.64 $38.78 $80,650
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,630 0.24 2.59 $38.16 $79,370
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 70 0.19 2.07 $21.92 $45,580
Portland-South Portland, ME 30 0.17 1.78 $21.01 $43,710


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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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 220 0.13 1.42 $40.31 $83,840
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,400 0.77 8.19 $40.20 $83,610
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 100 0.25 2.64 $38.78 $80,650
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,630 0.24 2.59 $38.16 $79,370
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.38 4.09 $37.72 $78,450
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.35 $35.98 $74,850
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 60 0.11 1.13 $34.91 $72,620
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 50 0.09 0.97 $34.87 $72,520
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 310 0.27 2.93 $33.51 $69,700
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.17 1.85 $32.97 $68,570


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.

(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