Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
28,800 4.0 % $13.68 $28,460 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.58 $9.72 $11.83 $15.71 $21.87
Annual Wage (2) $17,840 $20,220 $24,600 $32,670 $45,480


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 Personal Services 5,290 1.87 $14.76 $30,690
Health and Personal Care Stores 5,060 0.50 $11.37 $23,650
Other General Merchandise Stores 4,080 0.23 $12.67 $26,360
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 3,240 0.51 $13.65 $28,390
Department Stores 2,620 0.19 $11.54 $24,000

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 5,290 1.87 $14.76 $30,690
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 170 0.98 $14.02 $29,150
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 3,240 0.51 $13.65 $28,390
Health and Personal Care Stores 5,060 0.50 $11.37 $23,650
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 870 0.32 $13.35 $27,760

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing (8) (8) $24.62 $51,210
Local Government (OES Designation) 140 (7) $21.99 $45,740
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 50 0.01 $20.42 $42,470
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 50 (7) $19.97 $41,550
Motion Picture and Video Industries 720 0.19 $19.42 $40,400


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 3,320 0.22 1.03 $16.22 $33,730
Virginia 2,460 0.67 3.16 $12.74 $26,500
New York 1,980 0.23 1.06 $15.56 $32,360
Florida 1,930 0.25 1.18 $12.70 $26,410
Texas 1,420 0.13 0.59 $12.66 $26,340



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)
Virginia 2,460 0.67 3.16 $12.74 $26,500
Tennessee 1,140 0.41 1.94 $13.01 $27,060
Rhode Island 170 0.38 1.76 $12.92 $26,870
New Hampshire 220 0.34 1.61 $12.18 $25,330
Alaska 110 0.33 1.54 $20.31 $42,250



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 50 0.15 0.70 $21.21 $44,110
Alaska 110 0.33 1.54 $20.31 $42,250
California 3,320 0.22 1.03 $16.22 $33,730
Washington 630 0.22 1.02 $16.07 $33,420
District of Columbia 120 0.17 0.81 $15.94 $33,150




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 1,540 0.29 1.34 $15.90 $33,070
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,240 1.71 8.01 $13.50 $28,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 920 0.23 1.06 $18.35 $38,170
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 820 0.34 1.61 $12.79 $26,600
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 650 0.17 0.82 $13.18 $27,420
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 610 0.34 1.58 $15.44 $32,120
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 490 0.27 1.25 $14.30 $29,740
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 480 0.33 1.53 $16.98 $35,320
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 470 0.21 0.99 $13.39 $27,860
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 470 0.20 0.92 $13.84 $28,790



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)
Cleveland, TN 300 6.74 31.61 $12.14 $25,260
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,240 1.71 8.01 $13.50 $28,070
Chattanooga, TN-GA 300 1.29 6.04 $13.13 $27,320
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 80 0.94 4.42 $12.01 $24,980
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 70 0.85 4.00 $13.09 $27,230
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 70 0.54 2.55 $13.09 $27,230
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 90 0.49 2.30 $14.77 $30,720
Anchorage, AK 80 0.48 2.24 $20.67 $43,000
Green Bay, WI 80 0.47 2.19 $13.18 $27,410
Reading, PA 70 0.43 2.01 $11.76 $24,470



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)
Burlington-South Burlington, VT (8) (8) (8) $23.29 $48,440
Appleton, WI 50 0.42 1.96 $21.41 $44,540
Anchorage, AK 80 0.48 2.24 $20.67 $43,000
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 30 0.18 0.83 $20.42 $42,480
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 330 0.18 0.86 $18.98 $39,470
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 920 0.23 1.06 $18.35 $38,170
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 110 0.11 0.50 $17.28 $35,930
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 480 0.33 1.53 $16.98 $35,320
Albuquerque, NM 40 0.11 0.51 $16.65 $34,630
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $16.47 $34,260

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)
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.34 1.58 $12.07 $25,110
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 80 0.47 2.20 $13.72 $28,540
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.28 1.32 $10.37 $21,560
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.18 0.86 $11.70 $24,340
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.42 1.97 $14.49 $30,140

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)
Eastern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 30 1.20 5.62 $15.72 $32,690
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 80 0.47 2.20 $13.72 $28,540
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.42 1.97 $14.49 $30,140
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 1.69 $10.65 $22,150
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.34 1.58 $12.07 $25,110

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)
Eastern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 30 1.20 5.62 $15.72 $32,690
Central New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.21 $31,650
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.42 1.97 $14.49 $30,140
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 80 0.47 2.20 $13.72 $28,540
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 0.65 $13.28 $27,630


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015