Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
27,800 4.4 % $20.02 $41,630 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.91 $11.42 $17.65 $26.25 $35.75
Annual Wage (2) $18,540 $23,760 $36,710 $54,590 $74,350


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 19,930 9.29 $18.71 $38,920
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 2,010 2.78 $22.91 $47,650
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,310 0.04 $22.60 $47,010
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,310 0.35 $26.23 $54,560
State Government (OES Designation) 560 0.03 $18.53 $38,530

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 19,930 9.29 $18.71 $38,920
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 2,010 2.78 $22.91 $47,650
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,310 0.35 $26.23 $54,560
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 130 0.13 (8) (8)
Spectator Sports 140 0.10 $21.39 $44,480

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) 90 (7) $43.08 $89,600
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 50 (7) $32.36 $67,300
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 120 0.03 $27.20 $56,580
Sound Recording Industries (8) (8) $27.18 $56,540
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,310 0.35 $26.23 $54,560


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 4,550 0.31 1.47 $21.18 $44,050
New York 3,690 0.43 2.04 $26.09 $54,260
Texas 1,790 0.16 0.78 $15.73 $32,710
Florida 1,630 0.22 1.04 $18.35 $38,170
Illinois 1,000 0.18 0.84 $18.63 $38,760




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)
Wyoming 210 0.76 3.62 $16.82 $34,980
District of Columbia 470 0.71 3.36 $31.42 $65,350
New York 3,690 0.43 2.04 $26.09 $54,260
South Dakota 150 0.38 1.81 $14.26 $29,660
Alaska 120 0.36 1.73 $18.99 $39,490




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 470 0.71 3.36 $31.42 $65,350
New Hampshire 100 0.17 0.79 $27.22 $56,630
Massachusetts 600 0.18 0.88 $26.30 $54,690
Maryland 350 0.14 0.67 $26.13 $54,350
New York 3,690 0.43 2.04 $26.09 $54,260





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 2,850 0.72 3.42 $21.52 $44,760
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,330 0.44 2.12 $29.72 $61,830
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 740 0.20 0.96 $19.83 $41,240
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 620 0.26 1.25 $28.68 $59,660
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 570 0.46 2.19 (8) (8)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 530 0.30 1.45 $26.93 $56,020
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 500 0.48 2.31 $19.66 $40,880
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 450 0.16 0.77 $16.05 $33,380
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 420 0.40 1.93 $23.07 $47,990
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 380 0.26 1.24 $16.68 $34,700




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)
Medford, OR 70 0.85 4.06 $11.60 $24,130
Sioux Falls, SD 120 0.81 3.88 $13.77 $28,640
Chico, CA 50 0.76 3.63 $9.60 $19,960
Bowling Green, KY 40 0.75 3.59 $18.66 $38,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,850 0.72 3.42 $21.52 $44,760
Missoula, MT 40 0.68 3.22 $17.07 $35,510
Columbia, SC 230 0.66 3.14 $14.45 $30,060
Grand Junction, CO 30 0.56 2.65 $23.27 $48,410
Lubbock, TX 70 0.52 2.46 $15.11 $31,430
Roanoke, VA 70 0.48 2.27 $13.75 $28,600




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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,330 0.44 2.12 $29.72 $61,830
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 620 0.26 1.25 $28.68 $59,660
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI (8) (8) (8) $27.07 $56,300
Baltimore-Towson, MD 260 0.20 0.97 $27.01 $56,180
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 530 0.30 1.45 $26.93 $56,020
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 50 0.09 0.41 $26.57 $55,270
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 340 0.27 1.27 $24.49 $50,930
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 240 0.42 2.02 $24.40 $50,750
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 40 0.16 0.76 $24.31 $50,570
Columbus, OH 90 0.09 0.44 $24.21 $50,360

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)
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 110 0.92 4.41 $10.30 $21,420
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.43 2.07 $14.51 $30,180
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 1.82 $15.25 $31,720
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.25 1.20 $14.00 $29,120
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.49 2.36 $13.13 $27,300

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 110 0.92 4.41 $10.30 $21,420
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.49 2.36 $13.13 $27,300
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.43 2.07 $14.51 $30,180
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 1.82 $15.25 $31,720
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 1.53 $13.65 $28,400

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 30 0.20 0.98 $20.83 $43,330
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 1.06 $15.87 $33,010
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 1.82 $15.25 $31,720
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 1.13 $14.66 $30,500
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.51 $30,190


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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