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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

27-4015 Lighting Technicians

Set up, maintain, and dismantle light fixtures, lighting control devices, and the associated lighting electrical and rigging equipment used for photography, television, film, video, and live productions. May focus or operate light fixtures, or attach color filters or other lighting accessories. Excludes “Audio and Video Technicians” (27-4011).


National estimates for Lighting Technicians
Industry profile for Lighting Technicians
Geographic profile for Lighting Technicians

National estimates for Lighting Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Lighting Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
4,280 13.1 % $ 27.89 $ 58,020 4.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Lighting Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.54 $ 18.50 $ 24.75 $ 30.17 $ 47.15
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,230 $ 38,470 $ 51,470 $ 62,750 $ 98,070


Industry profile for Lighting Technicians:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Lighting Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Traveler Accommodation 650 0.05 $ 27.54 $ 57,280
Rental and leasing services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) 540 0.19 $ 24.70 $ 51,380
Motion Picture and Video Industries 360 0.12 $ 43.24 $ 89,950
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 210 0.27 $ 27.05 $ 56,270
Performing Arts Companies 170 0.25 $ 24.02 $ 49,950

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Lighting Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 210 0.27 $ 27.05 $ 56,270
Performing Arts Companies 170 0.25 $ 24.02 $ 49,950
Rental and leasing services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) 540 0.19 $ 24.70 $ 51,380
Motion Picture and Video Industries 360 0.12 $ 43.24 $ 89,950
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 90 0.07 $ 18.86 $ 39,220

Top paying industries for Lighting Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 110 0.01 $ 47.33 $ 98,440
Radio and Television Broadcasting 100 0.05 $ 43.59 $ 90,660
Motion Picture and Video Industries 360 0.12 $ 43.24 $ 89,950
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers (8) (8) $ 32.13 $ 66,830
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) (8) $ 29.86 $ 62,120


Geographic profile for Lighting Technicians:

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



Map of employment of lighting technicians by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Lighting Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,100 0.07 2.19 $ 24.65 $ 51,270
New Jersey 550 0.14 4.67 $ 33.71 $ 70,110
Florida 370 0.04 1.41 $ 24.79 $ 51,560
New York 310 0.04 1.16 $ 36.98 $ 76,920
Tennessee 200 0.07 2.16 $ 25.42 $ 52,870


Map of location quotient of lighting technicians by state, May 2021


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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 180 0.14 4.68 $ 18.90 $ 39,310
New Jersey 550 0.14 4.67 $ 33.71 $ 70,110
South Dakota 40 0.10 3.16 $ 20.01 $ 41,610
Hawaii 40 0.07 2.30 (8) (8)
California 1,100 0.07 2.19 $ 24.65 $ 51,270


Map of annual mean wages of lighting technicians by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Lighting Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Georgia 120 0.03 0.93 $ 41.54 $ 86,410
Texas 90 0.01 0.25 $ 39.53 $ 82,220
New York 310 0.04 1.16 $ 36.98 $ 76,920
South Carolina 40 0.02 0.59 $ 35.82 $ 74,500
New Jersey 550 0.14 4.67 $ 33.71 $ 70,110



Map of employment of lighting technicians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Lighting Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 340 0.04 1.28 $ 38.95 $ 81,010
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 170 0.19 6.10 $ 18.99 $ 39,510
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 150 0.06 2.13 $ 24.71 $ 51,400
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 100 0.04 1.15 $ 29.85 $ 62,080
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 90 0.09 3.08 $ 26.00 $ 54,070
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 90 0.08 2.57 $ 41.56 $ 86,450
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 70 0.05 1.59 $ 21.83 $ 45,400
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 50 0.08 2.72 $ 26.26 $ 54,620
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 40 0.02 0.69 $ 23.99 $ 49,900
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 30 0.02 0.57 $ 15.48 $ 32,200


Map of location quotient of lighting technicians by area, May 2021


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 170 0.19 6.10 $ 18.99 $ 39,510
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 90 0.09 3.08 $ 26.00 $ 54,070
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 50 0.08 2.72 $ 26.26 $ 54,620
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 90 0.08 2.57 $ 41.56 $ 86,450
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 150 0.06 2.13 $ 24.71 $ 51,400
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 70 0.05 1.59 $ 21.83 $ 45,400
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 340 0.04 1.28 $ 38.95 $ 81,010
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 100 0.04 1.15 $ 29.85 $ 62,080
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 40 0.02 0.69 $ 23.99 $ 49,900
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 30 0.02 0.57 $ 15.48 $ 32,200


Map of annual mean wages of lighting technicians by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Lighting Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA (8) (8) (8) $ 43.37 $ 90,210
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 90 0.08 2.57 $ 41.56 $ 86,450
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 340 0.04 1.28 $ 38.95 $ 81,010
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL (8) (8) (8) $ 32.40 $ 67,380
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 100 0.04 1.15 $ 29.85 $ 62,080
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 26.96 $ 56,080
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 50 0.08 2.72 $ 26.26 $ 54,620
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 90 0.09 3.08 $ 26.00 $ 54,070
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 150 0.06 2.13 $ 24.71 $ 51,400
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 40 0.02 0.69 $ 23.99 $ 49,900


About May 2021 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022