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Broadcast Engineers

Earnings

Larger stations usually pay higher wages than smaller stations, and television stations tend to pay more than radio stations, especially for broadcast engineering technician positions as opposed to supervisory broadcast engineer positions. Also, commercial stations generally pay more than public broadcasting stations. In May 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that broadcast engineering technicians earned a median salary of $37,490 per year with the bottom 10 percent earning $19,030 annually and with the top 10 percent earning $79,260. However, broadcast engineers who work, for example, in radio and television, and necessarily enjoy supervisory authority and greater workplace responsibility than broadcast engineering technicians, command a much higher average salary than broadcast engineering technicians. For example, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that in May 2015, broadcast engineers working in television earned a mean salary of $91,510, and broadcast engineers working in radio earned a mean salary of $93,060. Experience, job location, educational background, the specific industry employing a broadcast technician or engineer, and the level of technical, engineering, and supervisory responsibility required are all factors that influence a person's pay.

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