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Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technician and Radio Operator Salary Information

The salary statistics of broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technician and Radio Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$23,150
25th Percentile Wage
$30,950
50th Percentile Wage
$42,660
75th Percentile Wage
$61,720
90th Percentile Wage
$85,160

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators is $85,160. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $42,660. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $23,150. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 267% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$42,660
0.16% 3.40%
2016
$42,590
1.71% -
2015
$41,860
1.05% -
2014
$41,420
1.76% -
2013
$40,690
-1.28% -
2012
$41,210
- -

Table 2. Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technician and Radio Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators in 19 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $57,840. The lowest paying sector is the mining sector (annual salary $28,970).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$57,840
Finance and Insurance
$52,550
Accommodation and Food Services
$50,410
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$50,380
Manufacturing
$49,480
Transportation and Warehousing
$48,020
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$47,240
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$46,150
Wholesale Trade
$44,650
Federal, State, and Local Government
$43,750
Educational Services
$43,490
Information
$42,760
Health Care and Social Assistance
$41,760
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$41,570
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$40,050
Construction
$35,480
Retail Trade
$35,480
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$34,690
Mining
$28,970



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