Broadcasting (except Internet): NAICS 515

About the Broadcasting (except Internet) subsector

The broadcasting (except internet) subsector is part of the information sector.

Industries in the Broadcasting (except Internet) subsector include establishments that create content or acquire the right to distribute content and subsequently broadcast the content. The industry groups (Radio and Television Broadcasting and Cable and Other Subscription Programming) are based on differences in the methods of communication and the nature of services provided. The Radio and Television Broadcasting industry group includes establishments that operate broadcasting studios and facilities for over the air or satellite delivery of radio and television programs of entertainment, news, talk, and the like. These establishments are often engaged in the production and purchase of programs and generating revenues from the sale of air time to advertisers and from donations, subsidies, and/or the sale of programs. The Cable and Other Subscription Programming industry group includes establishments operating studios and facilities for the broadcasting of programs that are typically narrowcast in nature (limited format, such as news, sports, education, and youth-oriented programming) on a subscription or fee basis.

North American Industry Classification System

The broadcasting (except internet) subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Radio and Television Broadcasting: NAICS 5151
  • Cable and Other Subscription Programming: NAICS 5152

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in broadcasting (except internet). While most data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys, information on industry unemployment comes from a national survey of households. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, the unemployment rate of those previously employed in the industry, union membership and representation, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment and Unemployment

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2014
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Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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296.3 294.3 (P) 292.2 (P) 292.8

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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238.8 239.9 (P) 237.1  

Unemployment

 

Unemployment rate

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3.7% 4.8% 7.8% 5.6%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Union Membership and Representation

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Union membership and representation

 

Members of unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

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5.1% 5.9% 6.7% 5.5%

Represented by unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

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6.8% 7.0% 7.6% 6.3%

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Advertising sales agents

28,700

Broadcast technicians

21,940

Producers and directors

26,920

Radio and television announcers

28,260

Reporters and correspondents

11,040

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for broadcasting (except internet).

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours, as well as weekly earnings by union membership status, are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in broadcasting (except internet).

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$31.46 $31.33 $31.52 (P) $31.91

Average weekly hours

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34.6 34.4 34.1 (P) 34.0

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$28.10 $27.90 $27.68 (P) $27.97

Average weekly hours

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33.6 33.9 33.1 (P) 32.9

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Union Membership and Representation

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Median weekly earnings
2010 2011 2012 2013

Union membership and representation

 

Full-time workers

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$821 $834 $890 $897

Members of unions

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$910 $834 $767 $958

Represented by unions

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$901 $851 $753 $937

Nonunion

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$814 $834 $903 $895

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Advertising sales agents

$21.63 $27.74 $44,990 $57,690

Broadcast technicians

$16.31 $19.10 $33,920 $39,720

Producers and directors

$27.63 $34.70 $57,470 $72,180

Radio and television announcers

$13.65 $19.36 $28,380 $40,270

Reporters and correspondents

$18.17 $23.28 $37,800 $48,430

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in broadcasting (except internet). An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

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Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

6 5 3 (P) 7

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

 

Total recordable cases

2.8 1.9 1.4 1.8

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

1.4 1.2 0.8 1.1

Cases involving days away from work

0.9 0.6 0.6 0.6

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.5 0.5 0.3 0.5

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(P) Preliminary

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction.

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Producer price index

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(P) 118.4 (P) 118.2 (P) 121.9 (P) 124.0

Percent change from previous month

  (P) -0.8% (P) -0.2% (P) 3.1% (P) 1.7%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in broadcasting (except internet). Also included in this section is information on productivity, presented as the rate of change in output per hour of workers in the industry.

Establishments

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Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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9,714 9,740 (P) 9,730 (P) 9,737

Local government

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31 31 (P) 33 (P) 33

State government

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67 67 (P) 69 (P) 70

Federal government

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3 3 (P) 3 (P) 3

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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Labor productivity index, output per hour

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152.682 157.422 165.466  

Percent change from previous year

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12.7 3.1 5.1  

Labor index, total labor hours

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86.830 86.636 84.937 85.428

Percent change from previous year

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-7.4 -0.2 -2.0 0.6

Output index

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132.574 136.383 140.542  

Percent change from previous year

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4.4 2.9 3.0  

Unit labor costs index

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92.539 93.396 96.373  

Percent change from previous year

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-7.9 0.9 3.2  

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

See broadcasting in the Career Guide to Industries.

 

Data extracted on: December 18, 2014