Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
26,600 3.5 % $20.34 $42,310 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.95 $11.68 $17.58 $26.92 $36.65
Annual Wage (2) $18,610 $24,300 $36,560 $55,990 $76,230


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 19,070 8.66 $18.82 $39,140
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,640 2.53 $22.87 $47,580
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,220 0.32 $28.19 $58,640
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,160 0.04 $22.44 $46,670
State Government (OES Designation) 550 0.03 $18.88 $39,270

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 19,070 8.66 $18.82 $39,140
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,640 2.53 $22.87 $47,580
Satellite Telecommunications 160 1.87 $20.64 $42,930
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,220 0.32 $28.19 $58,640
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 160 0.13 $35.83 $74,520

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) 80 (7) $44.05 $91,610
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 160 0.13 $35.83 $74,520
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) (8) $34.36 $71,460
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 520 0.09 $30.22 $62,850
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,220 0.32 $28.19 $58,640


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 3,600 0.24 1.21 $22.79 $47,410
New York 2,730 0.31 1.58 $25.95 $53,970
Texas 1,840 0.16 0.83 $16.37 $34,050
Florida 1,750 0.23 1.16 $18.95 $39,420
Illinois 1,030 0.18 0.91 $19.19 $39,920




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 200 0.71 3.59 $17.44 $36,280
District of Columbia 380 0.57 2.90 $34.86 $72,510
Alaska 130 0.40 2.01 $18.05 $37,530
Wisconsin 1,000 0.37 1.86 $25.96 $54,000
Connecticut 580 0.35 1.80 $21.14 $43,960




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 380 0.57 2.90 $34.86 $72,510
New Hampshire 130 0.20 1.02 $28.77 $59,850
Maryland 340 0.13 0.67 $27.52 $57,240
Wisconsin 1,000 0.37 1.86 $25.96 $54,000
New York 2,730 0.31 1.58 $25.95 $53,970





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 1,860 0.46 2.33 $25.43 $52,900
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,850 0.34 1.74 $29.96 $62,320
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 840 0.22 1.13 $19.67 $40,920
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 590 0.33 1.66 $23.19 $48,240
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 550 0.23 1.17 $30.85 $64,160
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 490 0.17 0.87 $15.21 $31,640
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 480 0.36 1.84 $23.60 $49,080
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 450 0.43 2.20 $20.04 $41,690
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 400 0.36 1.85 $22.20 $46,180
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 390 0.69 3.50 $22.58 $46,960




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)
Columbia, SC 290 0.82 4.15 $15.93 $33,130
Missoula, MT 40 0.72 3.66 $18.25 $37,960
Medford, OR 50 0.71 3.58 $12.49 $25,980
Casper, WY 30 0.71 3.62 $13.29 $27,640
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 390 0.69 3.50 $22.58 $46,960
Bowling Green, KY 40 0.68 3.47 $13.28 $27,620
Grand Junction, CO 40 0.67 3.40 (8) (8)
Roanoke, VA 100 0.65 3.29 $14.37 $29,900
Sioux Falls, SD 90 0.59 3.01 $12.69 $26,400
Lubbock, TX 80 0.59 3.01 $14.17 $29,470




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 550 0.23 1.17 $30.85 $64,160
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI (8) (8) (8) $30.18 $62,780
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,850 0.34 1.74 $29.96 $62,320
Baltimore-Towson, MD 240 0.19 0.95 $28.65 $59,600
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 50 0.09 0.48 $27.86 $57,940
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 170 0.13 0.67 $27.27 $56,720
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.07 0.37 $27.18 $56,540
Columbus, OH 120 0.13 0.64 $25.63 $53,300
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,860 0.46 2.33 $25.43 $52,900
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 50 0.04 0.22 $24.77 $51,530

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)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 90 0.48 2.42 $17.09 $35,540
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.42 2.12 $15.04 $31,290
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.26 1.33 $11.91 $24,770
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.42 2.15 $14.21 $29,550
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 1.01 $14.12 $29,370

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)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 90 0.48 2.42 $17.09 $35,540
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 2.13 $13.74 $28,570
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.42 2.15 $14.21 $29,550
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.42 2.12 $15.04 $31,290
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.26 1.33 $11.91 $24,770

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)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.16 0.82 $20.37 $42,370
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.73 $36,880
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 90 0.48 2.42 $17.09 $35,540
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 1.13 $16.89 $35,120
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 1.10 $16.23 $33,770


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015