Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
23,940 4.1 % $14.77 $30,720 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.22 $10.43 $12.78 $17.26 $23.37
Annual Wage (2) $19,170 $21,690 $26,590 $35,900 $48,610


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 4,700 1.57 $15.34 $31,900
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 3,750 0.58 $14.35 $29,840
Other General Merchandise Stores 3,670 0.20 $14.43 $30,010
Health and Personal Care Stores 3,590 0.35 $12.00 $24,960
Department Stores 1,710 0.12 $12.40 $25,800

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 4,700 1.57 $15.34 $31,900
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 90 0.59 $18.73 $38,970
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 3,750 0.58 $14.35 $29,840
Health and Personal Care Stores 3,590 0.35 $12.00 $24,960
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 820 0.28 $14.15 $29,420

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 90 0.03 $24.97 $51,940
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 70 0.02 $23.07 $47,990
Specialized Design Services 130 0.10 $22.34 $46,460
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 100 0.02 $21.57 $44,870
Local Government (OES Designation) 140 (7) $21.43 $44,580


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 3,160 0.20 1.17 $15.84 $32,940
Florida 1,780 0.22 1.29 $12.77 $26,560
New York 1,610 0.18 1.03 $18.00 $37,430
Virginia 1,560 0.42 2.43 $14.72 $30,620
Pennsylvania 1,040 0.18 1.05 $12.07 $25,120



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)
Rhode Island 260 0.55 3.18 $14.17 $29,470
Virginia 1,560 0.42 2.43 $14.72 $30,620
Alaska 120 0.36 2.10 $19.82 $41,220
Hawaii 220 0.35 2.03 $14.80 $30,780
Tennessee 900 0.32 1.84 $15.10 $31,410



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont (8) (8) (8) $21.44 $44,600
Alaska 120 0.36 2.10 $19.82 $41,220
Washington 470 0.16 0.92 $18.44 $38,360
New York 1,610 0.18 1.03 $18.00 $37,430
New Mexico 100 0.13 0.74 $17.69 $36,790




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,450 0.22 1.29 $17.25 $35,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 690 0.29 1.65 $13.75 $28,610
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 650 0.18 1.04 $14.75 $30,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 640 0.16 0.90 $16.26 $33,810
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 510 0.21 1.18 $13.04 $27,130
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 450 0.24 1.37 $14.13 $29,400
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 370 0.33 1.92 $12.18 $25,340
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.22 1.26 $17.05 $35,470
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 310 0.18 1.02 (8) (8)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 310 0.13 0.77 $16.26 $33,820



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)
Anchorage, AK 100 0.57 3.27 $19.74 $41,060
New Bedford, MA 30 0.55 3.17 $16.62 $34,570
Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA Division 30 0.51 2.95 $13.19 $27,430
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 50 0.51 2.93 $11.90 $24,760
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 110 0.51 2.92 $15.42 $32,060
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 270 0.49 2.81 $14.13 $29,400
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 40 0.49 2.83 (8) (8)
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 90 0.45 2.58 $16.53 $34,370
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 150 0.42 2.43 $12.56 $26,120
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 90 0.39 2.27 $13.09 $27,240



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)
Kansas City, MO-KS (8) (8) (8) $24.62 $51,220
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 230 0.15 0.87 $21.16 $44,010
Anchorage, AK 100 0.57 3.27 $19.74 $41,060
Albuquerque, NM (8) (8) (8) $19.06 $39,650
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 110 0.22 1.28 $19.02 $39,560
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 40 0.06 0.34 $18.97 $39,460
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 240 0.23 1.35 $18.37 $38,200
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 220 0.07 0.43 $17.66 $36,740
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 80 0.07 0.40 $17.53 $36,460
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 90 0.23 1.30 $17.29 $35,960

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)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 1.92 (8) (8)
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 1.95 $17.01 $35,380
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.15 0.89 $10.68 $22,220
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 1.56 $15.42 $32,070
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 30 0.34 1.98 $16.00 $33,280

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 Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 1.95 $17.01 $35,380
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 30 0.34 1.98 $16.00 $33,280
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 1.92 (8) (8)
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 1.56 $15.42 $32,070
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.15 0.89 $10.68 $22,220

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)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.00 $45,750
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 1.95 $17.01 $35,380
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 30 0.34 1.98 $16.00 $33,280
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 1.56 $15.42 $32,070
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.02 $29,160


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016