Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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
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)
14,280 4.9 % $26.60 $55,340 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.96 $15.16 $22.27 $34.53 $46.97
Annual Wage (2) $22,810 $31,540 $46,310 $71,820 $97,700


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)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,760 1.05 $36.68 $76,300
Sound Recording Industries 2,880 17.51 $21.80 $45,340
Radio and Television Broadcasting 2,200 1.02 $23.36 $48,580
Performing Arts Companies 1,110 0.95 $24.05 $50,020
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 460 0.94 $26.25 $54,590

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sound Recording Industries 2,880 17.51 $21.80 $45,340
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,760 1.05 $36.68 $76,300
Radio and Television Broadcasting 2,200 1.02 $23.36 $48,580
Performing Arts Companies 1,110 0.95 $24.05 $50,020
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 460 0.94 $26.25 $54,590

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,760 1.05 $36.68 $76,300
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations (8) (8) $31.18 $64,860
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 70 0.01 $30.84 $64,140
Software Publishers 180 0.06 $30.53 $63,500
Amusement Parks and Arcades 150 0.08 $30.40 $63,220


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 3,670 0.26 2.34 $32.64 $67,900
New York 2,970 0.35 3.17 $30.26 $62,950
Florida 810 0.11 1.01 $19.29 $40,110
Texas 660 0.06 0.57 $21.82 $45,380
Illinois 510 0.09 0.83 $20.97 $43,610




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)
New York 2,970 0.35 3.17 $30.26 $62,950
California 3,670 0.26 2.34 $32.64 $67,900
District of Columbia 140 0.22 1.96 $28.28 $58,830
Nevada 200 0.18 1.60 $38.97 $81,050
Connecticut 250 0.15 1.39 $20.49 $42,630




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 200 0.18 1.60 $38.97 $81,050
California 3,670 0.26 2.34 $32.64 $67,900
New York 2,970 0.35 3.17 $30.26 $62,950
Virginia 240 0.07 0.61 $29.27 $60,890
District of Columbia 140 0.22 1.96 $28.28 $58,830





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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,650 0.51 4.69 $30.50 $63,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,470 0.64 5.83 $34.96 $72,710
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 410 0.11 1.03 $20.80 $43,270
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 310 0.31 2.80 $23.33 $48,530
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.20 1.81 $29.29 $60,930
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 270 0.12 1.07 $27.39 $56,980
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 210 0.15 1.39 $29.34 $61,030
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 210 0.09 0.84 $23.48 $48,840
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 210 0.08 0.71 $22.47 $46,740
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 200 0.20 1.87 $19.37 $40,290




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 2,470 0.64 5.83 $34.96 $72,710
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,650 0.51 4.69 $30.50 $63,450
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 310 0.31 2.80 $23.33 $48,530
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 150 0.27 2.48 $20.34 $42,300
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 180 0.25 2.24 $19.55 $40,670
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 180 0.25 2.30 $17.59 $36,580
Tucson, AZ 80 0.22 2.02 $19.79 $41,160
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 180 0.22 1.98 $40.55 $84,340
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 190 0.22 1.97 $18.00 $37,430
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.20 1.81 $29.29 $60,930




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)
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 180 0.22 1.98 $40.55 $84,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,470 0.64 5.83 $34.96 $72,710
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 80 0.09 0.81 $34.80 $72,380
Jacksonville, FL 60 0.10 0.88 $31.22 $64,950
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,650 0.51 4.69 $30.50 $63,450
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 110 0.09 0.79 $30.42 $63,280
Pittsburgh, PA 90 0.08 0.74 $30.30 $63,020
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.11 1.03 $30.03 $62,460
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 210 0.15 1.39 $29.34 $61,030
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.20 1.81 $29.29 $60,930

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)
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 2.49 (8) (8)

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)
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 2.49 (8) (8)


About May 2012 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.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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