Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
13,750 3.9 % $28.21 $58,670 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.97 $16.08 $23.98 $35.96 $51.38
Annual Wage (2) $22,820 $33,450 $49,870 $74,790 $106,870


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 4,210 1.11 $36.15 $75,180
Sound Recording Industries 2,590 16.12 $22.80 $47,430
Radio and Television Broadcasting 1,440 0.65 $25.33 $52,690
Performing Arts Companies 1,020 0.86 $25.87 $53,800
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 620 1.17 $29.80 $61,980

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 2,590 16.12 $22.80 $47,430
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 620 1.17 $29.80 $61,980
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,210 1.11 $36.15 $75,180
Performing Arts Companies 1,020 0.86 $25.87 $53,800
Radio and Television Broadcasting 1,440 0.65 $25.33 $52,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Software Publishers 130 0.04 $38.25 $79,560
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,210 1.11 $36.15 $75,180
Spectator Sports 160 0.12 $34.70 $72,180
Amusement Parks and Arcades (8) (8) $33.24 $69,140
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 130 0.01 $31.90 $66,350


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 4,060 0.27 2.64 $32.04 $66,640
New York 2,340 0.27 2.61 $35.07 $72,950
Florida 580 0.08 0.74 $18.15 $37,740
Tennessee 520 0.19 1.85 $25.80 $53,660
Texas 430 0.04 0.38 $24.59 $51,140




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 2,340 0.27 2.61 $35.07 $72,950
California 4,060 0.27 2.64 $32.04 $66,640
District of Columbia 180 0.26 2.57 $29.38 $61,100
Connecticut 330 0.20 1.96 $28.54 $59,360
Tennessee 520 0.19 1.85 $25.80 $53,660




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 2,340 0.27 2.61 $35.07 $72,950
California 4,060 0.27 2.64 $32.04 $66,640
Colorado 270 0.11 1.12 $30.59 $63,620
New Jersey 410 0.11 1.05 $29.66 $61,700
District of Columbia 180 0.26 2.57 $29.38 $61,100





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 3,070 0.76 7.43 $32.40 $67,390
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,930 0.36 3.52 $35.33 $73,480
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 380 0.16 1.56 $24.02 $49,960
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 350 0.43 4.23 $27.06 $56,290
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 250 0.11 1.04 $28.96 $60,240
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 250 0.14 1.37 $25.34 $52,700
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 250 0.17 1.65 $31.26 $65,030
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 220 0.16 1.61 $32.95 $68,530
Salt Lake City, UT 210 0.31 3.07 $11.22 $23,330
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 200 0.14 1.34 $27.32 $56,820




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 3,070 0.76 7.43 $32.40 $67,390
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 350 0.43 4.23 $27.06 $56,290
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,930 0.36 3.52 $35.33 $73,480
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 180 0.32 3.19 $26.86 $55,870
Salt Lake City, UT 210 0.31 3.07 $11.22 $23,330
Madison, WI 90 0.25 2.46 $21.97 $45,700
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 100 0.24 2.36 (8) (8)
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 110 0.21 2.04 $26.76 $55,670
Tucson, AZ 60 0.18 1.78 $20.00 $41,600
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.18 1.76 $36.43 $75,780




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.18 1.76 $36.43 $75,780
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,930 0.36 3.52 $35.33 $73,480
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 220 0.16 1.61 $32.95 $68,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,070 0.76 7.43 $32.40 $67,390
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 110 0.05 0.46 $31.64 $65,800
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 250 0.17 1.65 $31.26 $65,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 250 0.11 1.04 $28.96 $60,240
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 200 0.14 1.34 $27.32 $56,820
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 350 0.43 4.23 $27.06 $56,290
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 180 0.32 3.19 $26.86 $55,870


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.

(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