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Occupational Employment Statistics for Audio Recording Technology Concentration Programs:

 

The data and information provided on this page for the degree programs in Business Management, or Music Business come from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Listed below are the Standard Occupational Codes (S.O.C.) for the paid positions for which a B.P.S. Business Management: Audio Recording Technology, or a Mus.B. Jazz/Commercial Music: Audio Recording Technology degree might be appropriate qualifications. On this page are also provided employment estimates and mean wage estimates for broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators. In addition, there are links to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website for all of the information that follows:

 

 

 

 

Occupational Employment and Wages, May, 2010

 

27-4010 Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians and Radio Operators:

 

This broad occupation includes the following four detailed occupations: 

 

27-4011 Audio and Video Equipment Technicians
27-4012 Broadcast Technicians
27-4013 Radio Operators
27-4014 Sound Engineering Technicians

27-4099 Media and Communication Equipment Workers, All Others

 

 

 

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators held about 114,600 jobs in 2008. Their employment was distributed among the following detailed occupations:

Audio and video equipment technicians 55,400
Broadcast technicians 38,800
Sound engineering technicians 19,500
Radio operators 1,000

 


Projections Data from the National Employment Matrix


Occupational Title

SOC Code

Employment, 2008

Projected
Employment, 2018

Change,
2008-18

Detailed Statistics

Number

Percent

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators

27-4010

114,600

123,600

9,000

8

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Audio and video equipment technicians

27-4011

55,400

62,400

7,000

13

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Broadcast technicians

27-4012

38,800

39,400

700

2

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Radio operators

27-4013

1,000

1,100

100

9

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Sound engineering technicians

27-4014

19,500

20,700

1,200

6

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NOTE: Data in this table are rounded. See the discussion of the employment projections table in the Handbook introductory chapter on Occupational Information Included in the Handbook.

 

 

27-4011 Audio and Video Equipment Technicians:

Set up, or set up and operate audio and video equipment including microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, and related electronic equipment for concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences. May also set up and operate associated spotlights and other custom lighting systems. Excludes "Sound Engineering Technicians" (27-4014).

 

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 radio transmitter to broadcast radio and television programs.

 

27-4013 Radio Operators:

Receive and transmit communications using radiotelegraph or radiotelephone equipment in accordance with government regulations. May repair equipment.

 

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

 

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1)
Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
15,650
4.5 %
$25.98
$54,030
2.2 %

 

 

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile
10%
25%
50%
(Median)
75%
90%
Hourly Wage
$10.84
$15.29
$22.63
$31.53
$44.52
Annual Wage (2)
$22,550
$31,790
$47,080
$65,590
$92,600

 

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)
4,540
1.28
$31.31
$65,130
2,840
16.92
$25.95
$53,970
2,250
1.06
$24.64
$51,240
1,120
0.99
$21.13
$43,950
480
1.07
$18.68
$38,860

 

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry
Employment (1)
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage (2)
2,840
16.92
$25.95
$53,970
4,540
1.28
$31.31
$65,130
480
1.07
$18.68
$38,860
2,250
1.06
$24.64
$51,240
1,120
0.99
$21.13
$43,950

 

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry
Employment (1)
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage (2)
80
0.04
$31.88
$66,320
4,540
1.28
$31.31
$65,130
220
0.02
$30.61
$63,660
40
0.03
$30.03
$62,450
160
0.06
$28.03
$58,310

 

Earnings:

 

Television stations usually pay higher salaries than radio stations, commercial broadcasting usually pays more than non-commercial broadcasting, and stations in large markets pay more than those in small markets.

 

Median annual wages of audio and video equipment technicians in May 2008 were $38,050. The middle 50 percent earned between $28,130 and $51,780. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,500, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $66,030. Median annual wages in motion picture and video industries, which employed the largest number of audio and video equipment technicians, were $39,410.

 

Median annual wages of broadcast technicians in May 2008 were $32,900. The middle 50 percent earned between $22,900 and $49,340. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $17,510, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $66,550. Median annual wages in radio and television broadcasting, which employed the largest number of broadcast technicians, were $29,220.

 

Median annual wages of sound engineering technicians in May 2008 were $47,490. The middle 50 percent earned between $32,770 and $69,700. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $23,790, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $92,700.

 

Median annual wages of radio operators in May 2008 were $37,120. The middle 50 percent earned between $27,890 and $48,200. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $19,240, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $61,290.

 

For the latest wage information:

The above wage data are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey program, unless otherwise noted. For the latest National, State, and local earnings data, visit the following pages:

  • audio and video equipment technicians
  • broadcast technicians
  • radio operators
  • sound engineering technicians
  • 27-4099 Media and Communication Equiptment Workers, All Others


    All media and communication equipment workers not listed separately.

     

    National Estimates for This Occupation

     

    Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

    Employment (1) Employment
    RSE (3)
    Mean hourly
    wage
    Mean annual
    wage (2)
    Wage RSE (3)
    16,820 3.9 % $30.54 $63,530 1.4 %

     

    Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

    Percentile
    10%
    25% 50%
    (Median)
    75% 90%
    Hourly Wage
    $12.60 $18.11 $29.65 $40.79 $50.21
    Annual Wage (2)
    $26,220 $37,670 $61,680 $84,850 $104,430


    Industry Profile for This Occupation

    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 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)
    Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,060 0.25 $39.42 $81,990
    Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,630 1.30 $33.30 $69,250
    Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 920 0.03 $20.68 $43,010
    Radio and Television Broadcasting 810 0.38 $19.43 $40,420
    Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 590 0.10 $17.21 $35,800

     

     

    Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

    Industry Employment(1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
    Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,630 1.30 $33.30 $69,250
    Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 290 0.65 $26.79 $55,720
    Performing Arts Companies 490 0.43 $22.89 $47,610
    Radio and Television Broadcasting 810 0.38 $19.43 $40,420
    Cable and Other Subscription Programming 240 0.31 $22.42 $46,630

     

     

    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) 5,060 0.25 $39.42 $81,990
    Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,630 1.30 $33.30 $69,250
    Specialized Design Services 210 0.19 $32.03 $66,620
    Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 40 0.03 $31.47 $65,460
    Software Publishers 90 0.04 $30.58 $63,600

     

    Geographic Profile for This Occupation

    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 5,050 0.36 2.72 $32.57 $67,750
    New York 1,000 0.12 0.91 $34.40 $71,560
    Virginia 850 0.24 1.82 $41.48 $86,280
    Florida 690 0.10 0.73 $29.47 $61,290
    New Jersey 680 0.18 1.36 $30.22 $62,870

     

    27-3012 Public Address System and Other Announcers

     

    Make announcements over public address system at sporting or other public events. May act as master of ceremonies or disc jockey at weddings, parties, clubs, or other gathering places.

     

    National estimates for this occupation
    Industry profile for this occupation
    Geographic profile for this occupation

     

    Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

    Employment (1) Employment
    RSE (3)
    Mean hourly
    wage
    Mean annual
    wage (2)
    Wage RSE (3)
    7,580 5.8 % $18.19 $37,840 3.9 %

     

     

    Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

    Percentile 10% 25% 50%
    (Median)
    75% 90%
    Hourly Wage $8.14 $9.20 $13.42 $22.63 $33.71
    Annual Wage (2) $16,940 $19,140 $27,910 $47,080 $70,120

     

    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.

     

     

     

    25-9011 Audio-Visual Collections Specialists

     

    Prepare, plan, and operate audio-visual teaching aids for use in education. May record, catalogue, and file audio-visual materials.

     

    These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry divisions in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia.

     

    Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

    Employment
    9,690
    RSE = 8.1 %
    Mean hourly wage
    $15.88
    RSE = 3.2 %
    Mean annual wage
    $33,030
    RSE = 3.2 %
       

     

    Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

    Percentile
    10%
    25%
    50%
    (Median)
    75%
    90%
    Hourly Wage
    $7.53
    $10.22
    $14.18
    $20.32
    $26.73
    Annual Wage
    $15,660
    $21,260
    $29,490
    $42,270
    $55,600

     

     

     

     

     

    See also: Mass Communcation

     


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