Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

27-4021 Photographers

Photograph persons, subjects, merchandise, or other commercial products. May develop negatives and produce finished prints. Include scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

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)
55,450 2.5 % $15.21 $31,630 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.40 $9.06 $12.79 $17.98 $26.01
Annual Wage (2) $15,390 $18,830 $26,610 $37,400 $54,100

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other professional and technical services 36,200 $14.06 $29,250
Newspaper, book, and directory publishers 6,270 $17.71 $36,840
Radio and television broadcasting 3,860 $16.46 $34,230
Other personal services 1,200 $13.02 $27,090
Colleges and universities 800 $17.91 $37,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 60 $27.57 $57,340
Electronic instrument manufacturing 30 $23.16 $48,170
Management of companies and enterprises 320 $22.19 $46,150
Offices of physicians 240 $21.00 $43,670
Other hospitals 100 $20.47 $42,570

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
Nevada 830 $15.32 $31,870 0.072%
Hawaii 390 $14.67 $30,510 0.068%
South Dakota 240 $12.02 $25,000 0.065%
New York 4,870 $19.95 $41,490 0.059%
Wyoming 140 $13.95 $29,010 0.057%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Washington 850 $21.99 $45,730 0.033%
District of Columbia 100 $20.98 $43,640 0.016%
New York 4,870 $19.95 $41,490 0.059%
Rhode Island 230 $19.73 $41,030 0.048%
Minnesota 1,400 $19.51 $40,570 0.053%

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
Cheyenne, WY MSA 60 $15.43 $32,090 0.153%
Rapid City, SD MSA 70 $11.19 $23,270 0.136%
Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV MSA 60 $10.48 $21,800 0.126%
Myrtle Beach, SC MSA 120 $13.95 $29,010 0.111%
Canton-Massillon, OH MSA 190 $11.22 $23,350 0.109%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 50 $35.05 $72,890 0.025%
Tacoma, WA PMSA 30 $32.52 $67,650 0.012%
Bremerton, WA PMSA 40 $26.37 $54,850 0.051%
Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA 60 $25.14 $52,280 0.039%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 480 $24.81 $51,600 0.050%

About November 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.

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November 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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