Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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 transmitter to broadcast radio or television programs.


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)
30,360 2.9 % $20.41 $42,450 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.86 $11.14 $17.58 $26.26 $35.89
Annual Wage (2) $18,430 $23,170 $36,570 $54,620 $74,650


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)
Radio and Television Broadcasting 22,200 10.46 $19.62 $40,810
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,890 2.40 $21.03 $43,740
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,610 0.06 $21.64 $45,010
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,450 0.41 $24.74 $51,450
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 510 0.09 $24.21 $50,360

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Radio and Television Broadcasting 22,200 10.46 $19.62 $40,810
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,890 2.40 $21.03 $43,740
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,450 0.41 $24.74 $51,450
Sound Recording Industries 40 0.25 $24.68 $51,320
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 510 0.09 $24.21 $50,360

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 100 (7) $41.32 $85,950
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers (8) (8) $31.32 $65,150
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 180 0.04 $25.38 $52,800
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,450 0.41 $24.74 $51,450
Sound Recording Industries 40 0.25 $24.68 $51,320


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 5,410 0.39 1.63 $23.02 $47,890
New York 3,950 0.47 1.98 $23.11 $48,080
Florida 1,830 0.26 1.08 $15.65 $32,550
Texas 1,810 0.18 0.74 $16.48 $34,280
Virginia 1,230 0.35 1.47 $37.55 $78,100




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)
District of Columbia 590 0.92 3.88 $29.27 $60,880
New York 3,950 0.47 1.98 $23.11 $48,080
Alaska 130 0.42 1.79 $17.18 $35,740
North Dakota 150 0.40 1.70 $18.03 $37,500
California 5,410 0.39 1.63 $23.02 $47,890




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 1,230 0.35 1.47 $37.55 $78,100
District of Columbia 590 0.92 3.88 $29.27 $60,880
New Hampshire 90 0.15 0.61 $26.71 $55,560
Massachusetts 480 0.15 0.65 $26.69 $55,520
Maryland 450 0.18 0.77 $24.33 $50,600





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 3,540 0.93 3.91 $23.17 $48,200
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,110 0.61 2.59 $24.14 $50,210
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 860 0.37 1.57 $29.81 $62,010
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 710 0.20 0.84 $23.98 $49,880
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 540 0.24 1.02 $18.48 $38,430
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 490 0.50 2.11 $16.24 $33,780
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 480 0.40 1.68 $23.79 $49,490
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 410 0.24 1.02 $19.90 $41,400
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 380 0.22 0.95 $28.80 $59,910
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 380 0.39 1.65 $27.60 $57,420




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 3,540 0.93 3.91 $23.17 $48,200
Peoria, IL 130 0.79 3.34 $17.04 $35,440
Medford, OR 60 0.76 3.20 $10.99 $22,860
Tallahassee, FL 120 0.74 3.14 $13.93 $28,970
Jefferson City, MO 50 0.73 3.08 $14.08 $29,280
Yuma, AZ 40 0.71 2.99 $10.11 $21,030
Idaho Falls, ID 30 0.63 2.68 $10.72 $22,300
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,110 0.61 2.59 $24.14 $50,210
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 310 0.56 2.35 (8) (8)
Fargo, ND-MN 70 0.55 2.32 $22.08 $45,930




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)
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 60 0.45 1.88 $30.76 $63,990
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 860 0.37 1.57 $29.81 $62,010
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 230 0.26 1.10 $29.36 $61,070
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 380 0.22 0.95 $28.80 $59,910
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 380 0.39 1.65 $27.60 $57,420
Baltimore-Towson, MD 280 0.22 0.95 $26.06 $54,210
Salinas, CA 60 0.36 1.54 $25.91 $53,890
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,110 0.61 2.59 $24.14 $50,210
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 710 0.20 0.84 $23.98 $49,880
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 480 0.40 1.68 $23.79 $49,490

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.26 1.10 $12.22 $25,420
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.55 2.34 $12.68 $26,370
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.16 0.67 $11.47 $23,860
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 1.16 $16.29 $33,880
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 1.16 $16.07 $33,420

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.55 2.34 $12.68 $26,370
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.52 2.19 $11.95 $24,860
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.48 2.02 $15.60 $32,450
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.47 2.00 $20.81 $43,280
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 1.64 $13.81 $28,730

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.04 $22.79 $47,410
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.47 2.00 $20.81 $43,280
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 30 0.33 1.38 $17.40 $36,200
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 1.16 $16.29 $33,880
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 1.16 $16.07 $33,420


About May 2011 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 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) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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