Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

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

Operate television, video, or motion picture camera to photograph 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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
21,600 4.8 % $20.04 $41,690 4.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.56 $10.88 $18.08 $27.12 $36.59
Annual Wage (2) $15,730 $22,640 $37,610 $56,400 $76,100

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Radio and television broadcasting 8,360 $16.73 $34,810
Motion picture and video industries 7,060 $24.32 $50,590
Cable and other subscription programming 870 $19.20 $39,930
Other professional and technical services 830 $21.86 $45,470
Federal government (OES designation) 630 $26.02 $54,120

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Electronics and appliance stores (7) $27.99 $58,220
Sound recording industries 40 $26.05 $54,190
Federal government (OES designation) 630 $26.02 $54,120
Motion picture and video industries 7,060 $24.32 $50,590
Electronic shopping and mail-order houses (7) $22.16 $46,080

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 5,630 $29.04 $60,410 0.039%
Hawaii 210 $14.97 $31,130 0.037%
District of Columbia 190 $26.22 $54,540 0.032%
New York 2,420 $18.75 $38,990 0.029%
South Dakota 100 $10.00 $20,800 0.027%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 5,630 $29.04 $60,410 0.039%
New Jersey 270 $26.72 $55,580 0.007%
District of Columbia 190 $26.22 $54,540 0.032%
Nevada 200 $24.57 $51,100 0.018%
Connecticut 250 $23.49 $48,850 0.015%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 3,740 $30.96 $64,400 0.094%
Bangor, ME MSA 50 $10.89 $22,650 0.087%
Johnstown, PA MSA 40 $14.63 $30,440 0.047%
New York, NY PMSA 1,810 $19.16 $39,850 0.045%
Montgomery, AL MSA 70 $9.71 $20,190 0.045%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Monmouth-Ocean, NJ PMSA (7) $38.26 $79,570 (7)
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA (7) $36.31 $75,530 (7)
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 3,740 $30.96 $64,400 0.094%
San Jose, CA PMSA (7) $29.02 $60,360 (7)
Bakersfield, CA MSA 40 $27.30 $56,780 0.017%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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