Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

27-4031 Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture

Operate television, video, or motion picture camera to record images or scenes for various purposes, such as TV broadcasts, advertising, video production, or motion pictures.


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)
16,410 4.1 % $23.56 $49,010 2.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.43 $13.25 $19.38 $28.96 $41.35
Annual Wage (2) $19,610 $27,560 $40,300 $60,250 $86,000


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)
Radio and Television Broadcasting 6,140 2.86 $18.82 $39,150
Motion Picture and Video Industries 5,970 1.67 $27.45 $57,100
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 440 0.02 $31.54 $65,610
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 430 0.58 (8) (8)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 410 0.07 $24.95 $51,900

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Radio and Television Broadcasting 6,140 2.86 $18.82 $39,150
Motion Picture and Video Industries 5,970 1.67 $27.45 $57,100
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 350 0.71 (8) (8)
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 430 0.58 (8) (8)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 410 0.07 $24.95 $51,900

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 440 0.02 $31.54 $65,610
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 100 0.01 $31.50 $65,530
Other Information Services (8) (8) $27.72 $57,650
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 40 0.01 $27.69 $57,590
Employment Services 190 0.01 $27.46 $57,120


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 2,430 0.17 1.35 $33.21 $69,080
New York 2,030 0.24 1.89 $25.58 $53,210
Florida 1,120 0.15 1.22 $17.28 $35,930
Texas 1,110 0.11 0.84 $17.36 $36,120
Illinois 780 0.14 1.10 $30.13 $62,670




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)
District of Columbia 200 0.31 2.44 $33.82 $70,340
Montana 120 0.29 2.27 $13.71 $28,520
Louisiana 490 0.26 2.09 $19.98 $41,550
New York 2,030 0.24 1.89 $25.58 $53,210
Maine 140 0.23 1.86 $15.91 $33,080




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 200 0.31 2.44 $33.82 $70,340
California 2,430 0.17 1.35 $33.21 $69,080
Maryland 300 0.12 0.94 $32.95 $68,530
Illinois 780 0.14 1.10 $30.13 $62,670
Georgia 260 0.07 0.54 $27.07 $56,300





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,700 0.44 3.49 $36.59 $76,120
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,680 0.33 2.59 $26.46 $55,030
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 630 0.17 1.36 $33.17 $69,000
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 410 0.29 2.28 $24.31 $50,570
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 330 0.12 0.98 $15.04 $31,280
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 320 0.32 2.53 $16.86 $35,070
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 300 0.13 1.03 $31.67 $65,880
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 290 0.17 1.35 $22.71 $47,230
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 280 0.50 3.99 $14.24 $29,620
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 250 0.12 0.95 $17.59 $36,590




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)
Idaho Falls, ID 70 1.50 11.88 $9.51 $19,770
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 120 0.60 4.78 $16.53 $34,380
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 280 0.50 3.99 $14.24 $29,620
Springfield, MO 80 0.44 3.52 $10.36 $21,540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,700 0.44 3.49 $36.59 $76,120
Tallahassee, FL 70 0.43 3.43 $10.77 $22,410
Spokane, WA 70 0.38 3.00 (8) (8)
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 60 0.36 2.82 $15.69 $32,640
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 180 0.35 2.81 $24.53 $51,020
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,680 0.33 2.59 $26.46 $55,030




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)
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 100 0.12 0.92 $53.96 $112,230
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 100 0.18 1.43 $37.91 $78,840
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,700 0.44 3.49 $36.59 $76,120
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 630 0.17 1.36 $33.17 $69,000
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 50 0.09 0.74 $32.07 $66,700
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 300 0.13 1.03 $31.67 $65,880
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 190 0.08 0.66 $31.23 $64,960
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 30 0.19 1.53 $30.36 $63,150
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 0.72 $29.38 $61,110
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 40 0.05 0.42 $28.05 $58,340

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)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 1.64 $9.92 $20,630

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)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 1.64 $9.92 $20,630

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)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 1.64 $9.92 $20,630


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013