Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
11,550 6.2 % $22.11 $45,980 2.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.88 $11.85 $17.89 $26.99 $40.76
Annual Wage (2) $18,470 $24,650 $37,220 $56,140 $84,790

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Motion picture and video industries 3,310 $28.45 $59,170
Radio and television broadcasting 2,140 $18.20 $37,860
Sound recording industries 1,980 $22.81 $47,440
Performing arts companies 470 $18.88 $39,270
Accounting and bookkeeping services 330 $24.28 $50,490

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Software publishers (7) $32.84 $68,300
Motion picture and video industries 3,310 $28.45 $59,170
Electric goods merchant wholesalers (7) $25.62 $53,280
Accounting and bookkeeping services 330 $24.28 $50,490
Consumer goods rental 50 $23.90 $49,710

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
New York 2,240 $29.12 $60,580 0.027%
California 2,800 $24.12 $50,180 0.019%
Tennessee 400 $14.70 $30,580 0.015%
Nevada 160 $23.52 $48,920 0.015%
District of Columbia 70 $22.33 $46,440 0.012%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
New York 2,240 $29.12 $60,580 0.027%
New Jersey 190 $25.27 $52,550 0.005%
Washington (7) $25.19 $52,390 (7)
Wisconsin 150 $24.41 $50,770 0.006%
California 2,800 $24.12 $50,180 0.019%

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
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 2,040 $25.67 $53,400 0.051%
New York, NY PMSA 1,940 $29.81 $62,000 0.049%
Knoxville, TN MSA 110 $13.45 $27,980 0.033%
Atlantic-Cape May, NJ PMSA 60 $21.84 $45,430 0.032%
Nashville, TN MSA 180 $16.31 $33,920 0.027%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY MSA 50 $35.88 $74,630 0.011%
Newark, NJ PMSA 50 $32.04 $66,630 0.005%
New York, NY PMSA 1,940 $29.81 $62,000 0.049%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 160 $27.91 $58,050 0.017%
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA (7) $26.25 $54,600 (7)

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

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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