Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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.

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)
30,670 3.5 % $16.49 $34,300 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.30 $9.55 $14.00 $21.08 $30.37
Annual Wage (2) $15,190 $19,870 $29,130 $43,850 $63,180

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Radio and television broadcasting 21,290 $15.33 $31,890
Motion picture and video industries 2,420 $21.82 $45,380
Cable and other subscription programming 1,550 $17.98 $37,390
Colleges and universities 1,470 $18.49 $38,460
Cable and other program distribution 940 $14.46 $30,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal government (OES designation) 130 $36.48 $75,880
Satellite telecommunications 110 $22.54 $46,870
Business, computer and management training 80 $22.51 $46,830
Motion picture and video industries 2,420 $21.82 $45,380
Independent artists, writers, and performers 40 $21.68 $45,090

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
District of Columbia 500 $25.09 $52,180 0.082%
North Dakota 150 $14.61 $30,390 0.046%
Wyoming 100 $12.63 $26,270 0.041%
New York 2,830 $17.92 $37,280 0.034%
Hawaii 190 $15.33 $31,900 0.033%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
New Jersey 490 $28.14 $58,530 0.013%
District of Columbia 500 $25.09 $52,180 0.082%
California 3,990 $21.02 $43,710 0.027%
Virginia 920 $19.76 $41,100 0.026%
Michigan 880 $18.68 $38,850 0.020%

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
Tallahassee, FL MSA 180 $12.36 $25,700 0.115%
Yakima, WA MSA 70 $15.23 $31,680 0.092%
Abilene, TX MSA 50 $10.41 $21,640 0.091%
Bismarck, ND MSA 50 $20.25 $42,130 0.090%
Casper, WY MSA 30 $10.76 $22,380 0.085%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA (7) $29.55 $61,460 (7)
Newark, NJ PMSA (7) $27.55 $57,300 (7)
Trenton, NJ PMSA 40 $23.69 $49,280 0.018%
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 950 $23.68 $49,240 0.034%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 300 $23.52 $48,920 0.032%

About November 2004 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) Estimate not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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