Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
13,840 4.4 % $30.45 $63,340 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.82 $17.10 $25.64 $39.15 $56.99
Annual Wage (2) $22,510 $35,570 $53,330 $81,430 $118,530


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 4,280 1.10 $39.74 $82,670
Sound Recording Industries 2,620 16.22 $25.42 $52,870
Radio and Television Broadcasting 1,470 0.66 $26.03 $54,150
Performing Arts Companies 920 0.77 $25.80 $53,660
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 580 1.09 $28.97 $60,260

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 2,620 16.22 $25.42 $52,870
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,280 1.10 $39.74 $82,670
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 580 1.09 $28.97 $60,260
Performing Arts Companies 920 0.77 $25.80 $53,660
Radio and Television Broadcasting 1,470 0.66 $26.03 $54,150

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) (8) $48.07 $99,990
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,280 1.10 $39.74 $82,670
Software Publishers 110 0.03 $39.00 $81,130
Spectator Sports 80 0.05 $34.20 $71,130
Amusement Parks and Arcades (8) (8) $32.28 $67,150


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 4,260 0.27 2.74 $35.53 $73,900
New York 2,190 0.24 2.42 $37.00 $76,960
Tennessee 540 0.19 1.91 $26.27 $54,630
Florida 530 0.07 0.67 $17.69 $36,790
Georgia 440 0.11 1.07 $23.00 $47,850




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)
California 4,260 0.27 2.74 $35.53 $73,900
New York 2,190 0.24 2.42 $37.00 $76,960
Nevada 240 0.20 1.97 $36.65 $76,230
Connecticut 330 0.20 1.96 (8) (8)
Tennessee 540 0.19 1.91 $26.27 $54,630




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 2,190 0.24 2.42 $37.00 $76,960
Nevada 240 0.20 1.97 $36.65 $76,230
California 4,260 0.27 2.74 $35.53 $73,900
Washington 330 0.11 1.11 $32.84 $68,300
Colorado 230 0.09 0.92 $30.13 $62,680





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 3,100 0.76 7.53 $36.53 $75,970
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,800 0.28 2.77 $36.96 $76,880
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 400 0.16 1.60 $22.15 $46,080
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 390 0.44 4.37 $27.82 $57,860
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 270 0.17 1.73 $35.65 $74,160
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.24 2.37 $36.25 $75,410
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.16 1.57 $35.81 $74,490
Salt Lake City, UT 220 0.33 3.27 $10.27 $21,360
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 200 0.34 3.36 $27.07 $56,300
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 190 0.11 1.10 $29.99 $62,390




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 3,100 0.76 7.53 $36.53 $75,970
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 390 0.44 4.37 $27.82 $57,860
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 190 0.35 3.46 (8) (8)
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 200 0.34 3.36 $27.07 $56,300
Salt Lake City, UT 220 0.33 3.27 $10.27 $21,360
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,800 0.28 2.77 $36.96 $76,880
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 100 0.24 2.42 (8) (8)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.24 2.37 $36.25 $75,410
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 40 0.21 2.06 $21.71 $45,150
Richmond, VA 110 0.18 1.79 $23.88 $49,670




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-Henderson-Paradise, NV (8) (8) (8) $38.52 $80,120
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,800 0.28 2.77 $36.96 $76,880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,100 0.76 7.53 $36.53 $75,970
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.24 2.37 $36.25 $75,410
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.16 1.57 $35.81 $74,490
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 270 0.17 1.73 $35.65 $74,160
Rochester, NY (8) (8) (8) $34.16 $71,060
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 80 0.08 0.75 $33.04 $68,720
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 190 0.14 1.40 $32.92 $68,470
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 170 0.12 1.24 $32.88 $68,400


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016