Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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 radio transmitter to broadcast radio and television programs.

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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)
32,750 4.3 % $16.62 $34,560 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.11 $9.24 $13.51 $21.97 $31.81
Annual Wage (2) $14,780 $19,220 $28,090 $45,710 $66,170

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Radio and television broadcasting 21,820 $15.45 $32,130 1 17
Motion picture and video industries 3,280 $23.29 $48,430 2 3
Cable and other subscription programming 1,480 $17.06 $35,490 3 10
Cable and other program distribution 1,270 $15.01 $31,230 4 18
Colleges and universities 1,200 $17.34 $36,070 5 9

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Federal government (OES designation) 130 $31.35 $65,200 12 1
Performing arts companies (6) $25.27 $52,550 (6) 2
Motion picture and video industries 3,280 $23.29 $48,430 2 3
Local government (OES designation) 330 $18.54 $38,560 7 4
State government (OES designation) 570 $18.40 $38,270 6 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 470 $21.45 $44,610 0.079% 226
North Dakota 180 $12.92 $26,870 0.057% 322
Wyoming 120 $11.92 $24,800 0.050% 335
New York 3,450 $22.12 $46,020 0.042% 285
West Virginia 260 $9.14 $19,000 0.038% 549

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New York 3,450 $22.12 $46,020 0.042% 285
California 5,060 $21.97 $45,710 0.035% 307
District of Columbia 470 $21.45 $44,610 0.079% 226
Alaska 50 $19.05 $39,620 0.017% 264
Oregon 330 $18.72 $38,940 0.021% 261

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Lubbock, TX MSA 150 $13.83 $28,760 0.130%
Tallahassee, FL MSA 150 $14.06 $29,250 0.096%
Bangor, ME MSA 50 $9.58 $19,930 0.088%
Bismarck, ND MSA 40 $12.94 $26,920 0.082%
Lincoln, NE MSA 120 $15.76 $32,780 0.081%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 30 $38.21 $79,480 0.015%
New York, NY PMSA 2,430 $24.83 $51,650 0.061%
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 3,140 $24.63 $51,240 0.078%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 400 $24.58 $51,120 0.041%
Oakland, CA PMSA 110 $22.52 $46,850 0.011%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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 mean 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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