Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

27-4021 Photographers

Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.


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)
54,550 1.8 % $17.30 $35,980 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.34 $9.96 $14.00 $21.01 $30.48
Annual Wage (2) $17,350 $20,710 $29,130 $43,700 $63,400


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)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 36,930 6.38 $15.69 $32,630
Radio and Television Broadcasting 4,620 2.17 $20.89 $43,450
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 4,200 0.83 $19.51 $40,580
Other Personal Services 870 0.37 $23.03 $47,910
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 720 0.03 $21.06 $43,810

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 36,930 6.38 $15.69 $32,630
Radio and Television Broadcasting 4,620 2.17 $20.89 $43,450
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 530 1.18 $22.66 $47,130
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 4,200 0.83 $19.51 $40,580
Other Personal Services 870 0.37 $23.03 $47,910

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 380 0.11 $36.64 $76,210
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 50 0.01 $30.85 $64,170
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 70 0.08 $26.27 $54,640
Scientific Research and Development Services 90 0.02 $25.47 $52,980
Printing and Related Support Activities 80 0.02 $25.26 $52,540


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 4,830 0.35 0.80 $20.19 $41,990
Texas 4,450 0.44 1.03 $15.56 $32,370
New York 3,800 0.46 1.06 $23.38 $48,630
Florida 3,300 0.47 1.08 $15.19 $31,580
Illinois 2,790 0.51 1.18 $21.74 $45,220




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)
Hawaii 500 0.87 2.02 $15.03 $31,260
Indiana 1,730 0.64 1.48 $13.31 $27,680
Nevada 700 0.63 1.47 $19.18 $39,900
Missouri 1,500 0.58 1.35 $12.65 $26,310
Utah 650 0.57 1.32 $14.14 $29,400




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 250 0.39 0.92 $26.98 $56,110
Connecticut 560 0.35 0.82 $25.87 $53,810
New York 3,800 0.46 1.06 $23.38 $48,630
Illinois 2,790 0.51 1.18 $21.74 $45,220
Virginia 1,260 0.36 0.83 $20.86 $43,390

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 2,520 0.51 1.18 $26.41 $54,940
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,990 0.56 1.31 $23.41 $48,690
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,470 0.59 1.37 $15.97 $33,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.34 0.80 $26.37 $54,840
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,250 0.57 1.32 $13.49 $28,050
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,010 0.60 1.40 $22.03 $45,820
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 860 0.43 1.01 $14.80 $30,780
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 780 0.43 1.01 $16.69 $34,720
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 760 0.33 0.78 $26.33 $54,760
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 750 0.45 1.06 $22.62 $47,050




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)
Burlington, NC 120 2.30 5.36 $12.09 $25,150
Salisbury, MD 60 1.21 2.83 $10.38 $21,590
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 180 1.19 2.76 $15.51 $32,260
Bowling Green, KY 60 1.13 2.63 $14.16 $29,450
Grand Junction, CO 60 1.13 2.62 $17.83 $37,090
Rapid City, SD 60 1.04 2.42 $13.04 $27,130
Idaho Falls, ID 50 1.02 2.37 $9.16 $19,050
Altoona, PA 60 0.99 2.32 $15.96 $33,210
Casper, WY 40 0.97 2.27 $12.84 $26,700
Goldsboro, NC 40 0.97 2.25 $11.14 $23,170




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)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 180 0.46 1.06 $33.12 $68,880
Ann Arbor, MI 60 0.31 0.73 $27.31 $56,800
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,520 0.51 1.18 $26.41 $54,940
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.34 0.80 $26.37 $54,840
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 760 0.33 0.78 $26.33 $54,760
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 390 0.41 0.97 $25.25 $52,520
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 150 0.27 0.62 $24.75 $51,490
Denver-Aurora, CO 590 0.50 1.16 $24.23 $50,400
Glens Falls, NY 40 0.81 1.89 $24.15 $50,240
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,990 0.56 1.31 $23.41 $48,690

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)
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 140 0.52 1.21 $16.23 $33,760
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 100 1.45 3.38 $14.81 $30,800
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 100 0.65 1.50 $14.53 $30,230
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 100 0.46 1.08 $13.85 $28,820
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 80 0.74 1.73 $10.66 $22,180

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)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 100 1.45 3.38 $14.81 $30,800
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 80 0.74 1.73 $10.66 $22,180
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 100 0.65 1.50 $14.53 $30,230
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.56 1.30 $16.75 $34,840
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.55 1.28 $10.36 $21,550

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)
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.45 1.04 $25.03 $52,070
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.17 $50,270
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 0.60 $20.46 $42,560
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.17 0.39 $17.51 $36,410
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.92 $35,200


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