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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,030
25th Percentile Wage
$30,100
50th Percentile Wage
$42,590
75th Percentile Wage
$61,420
90th Percentile Wage
$84,330

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 $84,330. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $42,590. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,030. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 282% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201642,5901.71%3.24%
201541,8601.05%-
201441,4201.76%-
201340,690-1.28%-
201241,210--

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 18 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 $64,720. The lowest paying sector is the mining sector (annual salary $28,970).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$64,720
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$49,850
Manufacturing
$49,520
Finance and Insurance
$49,120
Accommodation and Food Services
$47,490
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$46,900
Wholesale Trade
$46,500
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$44,940
Information
$42,870
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$42,820
Educational Services
$42,550
Federal, State, and Local Government
$42,180
Health Care and Social Assistance
$40,440
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$39,400
Construction
$39,370
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$34,640
Retail Trade
$33,840
Mining
$28,970


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