Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
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


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 4,540 1.28 $31.31 $65,130
Sound Recording Industries 2,840 16.92 $25.95 $53,970
Radio and Television Broadcasting 2,250 1.06 $24.64 $51,240
Performing Arts Companies 1,120 0.99 $21.13 $43,950
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 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)
Sound Recording Industries 2,840 16.92 $25.95 $53,970
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,540 1.28 $31.31 $65,130
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 480 1.07 $18.68 $38,860
Radio and Television Broadcasting 2,250 1.06 $24.64 $51,240
Performing Arts Companies 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)
Religious Organizations 80 0.04 $31.88 $66,320
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,540 1.28 $31.31 $65,130
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 220 0.02 $30.61 $63,660
Specialized Design Services 40 0.03 $30.03 $62,450
Software Publishers 160 0.06 $28.03 $58,310


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 3,820 0.27 2.22 $33.04 $68,730
New York 3,560 0.43 3.47 $28.85 $60,000
Florida 820 0.12 0.93 $20.32 $42,270
Illinois 700 0.13 1.03 $21.38 $44,470
Pennsylvania 600 0.11 0.89 $20.77 $43,190




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 3,560 0.43 3.47 $28.85 $60,000
California 3,820 0.27 2.22 $33.04 $68,730
Nevada 300 0.27 2.19 $30.37 $63,170
Tennessee 480 0.19 1.51 $16.57 $34,460
District of Columbia 100 0.16 1.32 $32.80 $68,230




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,820 0.27 2.22 $33.04 $68,730
District of Columbia 100 0.16 1.32 $32.80 $68,230
Nevada 300 0.27 2.19 $30.37 $63,170
New York 3,560 0.43 3.47 $28.85 $60,000
Massachusetts 430 0.14 1.12 $26.99 $56,150

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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,000 0.60 4.89 $28.91 $60,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,290 0.60 4.88 $36.65 $76,240
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 610 0.17 1.39 $21.57 $44,870
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 420 0.45 3.64 $29.98 $62,350
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 390 0.23 1.89 $26.63 $55,390
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 370 0.53 4.32 $17.35 $36,090
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.26 2.08 $26.13 $54,340
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 270 0.34 2.72 $31.13 $64,760
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 270 0.20 1.60 $24.40 $50,750
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 220 0.23 1.90 $17.07 $35,510




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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,000 0.60 4.89 $28.91 $60,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,290 0.60 4.88 $36.65 $76,240
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 370 0.53 4.32 $17.35 $36,090
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 420 0.45 3.64 $29.98 $62,350
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 270 0.34 2.72 $31.13 $64,760
Boulder, CO 40 0.27 2.15 $21.25 $44,200
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA 60 0.26 2.13 $15.79 $32,850
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.26 2.08 $26.13 $54,340
Lancaster, PA 50 0.25 2.02 $19.57 $40,710
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 220 0.23 1.90 $17.07 $35,510




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,290 0.60 4.88 $36.65 $76,240
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 70 0.09 0.73 $33.70 $70,090
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 90 0.11 0.86 $32.21 $67,000
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 110 0.09 0.75 $31.81 $66,160
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 270 0.34 2.72 $31.13 $64,760
Colorado Springs, CO (8) (8) (8) $30.94 $64,340
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 420 0.45 3.64 $29.98 $62,350
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,000 0.60 4.89 $28.91 $60,140
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 220 0.10 0.79 $28.01 $58,270
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 150 0.07 0.57 $27.51 $57,230

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)
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 2.62 $10.93 $22,730

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)
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 2.62 $10.93 $22,730

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)
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 2.62 $10.93 $22,730


About May 2010 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011