Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

51-9151 Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

Perform work involved in developing and processing photographic images from film or digital media. May perform precision tasks such as editing photographic negatives and prints.


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)
45,760 2.6 % $12.57 $26,140 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.26 $9.28 $11.11 $14.15 $19.19
Annual Wage (2) $17,180 $19,300 $23,120 $29,430 $39,910


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 General Merchandise Stores 12,130 0.74 $11.58 $24,090
Health and Personal Care Stores 6,590 0.66 $10.71 $22,280
Department Stores 6,510 0.42 $10.70 $22,250
Other Personal Services 5,870 2.33 $13.96 $29,040
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 3,960 0.65 $13.74 $28,570

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 Personal Services 5,870 2.33 $13.96 $29,040
Other General Merchandise Stores 12,130 0.74 $11.58 $24,090
Health and Personal Care Stores 6,590 0.66 $10.71 $22,280
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 3,960 0.65 $13.74 $28,570
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 110 0.55 $11.82 $24,590

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 (8) (8) $23.49 $48,860
Specialized Design Services 260 0.22 $22.02 $45,810
Other Information Services 220 0.13 $21.92 $45,590
Local Government (OES Designation) 130 (7) $21.36 $44,430
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing (8) (8) $20.03 $41,670


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 5,330 0.37 1.06 $15.89 $33,050
Texas 3,100 0.29 0.84 $13.13 $27,310
Virginia 2,640 0.73 2.09 $11.45 $23,810
New York 2,630 0.31 0.88 $14.21 $29,550
Pennsylvania 2,300 0.41 1.17 $11.30 $23,500




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)
South Carolina 1,610 0.89 2.55 $9.08 $18,890
Virginia 2,640 0.73 2.09 $11.45 $23,810
Tennessee 1,530 0.58 1.64 $11.65 $24,230
Arizona 1,310 0.54 1.54 $12.01 $24,980
South Dakota 190 0.49 1.39 $11.00 $22,880




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,330 0.37 1.06 $15.89 $33,050
Hawaii 190 0.32 0.90 $14.69 $30,550
Washington 1,030 0.37 1.06 $14.52 $30,210
Oregon 480 0.30 0.85 $14.51 $30,180
Alaska 80 0.26 0.73 $14.42 $29,990





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 1,800 0.47 1.33 $17.83 $37,080
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,500 0.29 0.83 $16.21 $33,710
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,440 0.39 1.12 $13.04 $27,120
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,100 1.54 4.39 $10.83 $22,530
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,050 0.61 1.72 $12.35 $25,690
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 920 0.39 1.11 $12.42 $25,830
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 880 0.42 1.20 $13.48 $28,050
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 870 0.50 1.42 $12.59 $26,190
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 850 0.47 1.33 $11.23 $23,370
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 600 0.70 2.00 $9.93 $20,660




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)
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 130 1.58 4.51 $12.82 $26,660
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,100 1.54 4.39 $10.83 $22,530
Chattanooga, TN-GA 340 1.49 4.25 $11.93 $24,800
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 80 0.98 2.78 $10.68 $22,220
Yakima, WA 80 0.95 2.70 $11.28 $23,460
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 80 0.94 2.67 $10.99 $22,860
Lancaster, PA 210 0.93 2.65 $12.96 $26,960
Missoula, MT 50 0.90 2.56 $10.26 $21,330
Winchester, VA-WV 50 0.88 2.50 $9.74 $20,270
La Crosse, WI-MN 60 0.86 2.43 $13.13 $27,300




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $19.62 $40,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,800 0.47 1.33 $17.83 $37,080
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 560 0.21 0.60 $17.63 $36,670
Appleton, WI 60 0.54 1.52 $16.71 $34,760
Dayton, OH 160 0.44 1.24 $16.32 $33,940
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,500 0.29 0.83 $16.21 $33,710
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.18 0.51 $16.17 $33,630
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.22 0.62 $16.10 $33,480
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.36 1.03 $16.03 $33,340
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 240 0.24 0.69 $15.73 $32,710

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)
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 880 8.20 23.35 $8.42 $17,510
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 140 1.09 3.09 $11.26 $23,420
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 120 0.48 1.36 $10.29 $21,410
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.29 0.82 $11.04 $22,970
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 110 0.39 1.11 $11.12 $23,130

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)
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 880 8.20 23.35 $8.42 $17,510
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 140 1.09 3.09 $11.26 $23,420
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 90 0.73 2.08 $11.36 $23,630
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.64 1.83 $11.93 $24,810
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.57 1.63 $9.55 $19,860

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)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 60 0.39 1.10 $14.00 $29,120
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 0.91 $13.77 $28,640
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 30 0.36 1.04 $13.01 $27,070
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 0.77 $12.72 $26,460
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $12.52 $26,050


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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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