Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 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)
22,410 5.7 % $20.28 $42,190 3.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.98 $11.91 $18.70 $26.59 $36.12
Annual Wage (2) $16,600 $24,770 $38,900 $55,310 $75,120

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Motion picture and video industries 8,590 $23.25 $48,370
Radio and television broadcasting 7,950 $17.02 $35,410
Cable and other subscription programming 790 $20.33 $42,290
Other professional and technical services 760 $20.68 $43,010
Federal government (OES designation) 600 $26.28 $54,660

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Electronics and appliance stores (7) $28.71 $59,720
Federal government (OES designation) 600 $26.28 $54,660
Sound recording industries (7) $24.95 $51,890
Spectator sports 170 $24.59 $51,140
Motion picture and video industries 8,590 $23.25 $48,370

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
Hawaii 240 $15.64 $32,540 0.042%
California 5,320 $29.01 $60,330 0.036%
District of Columbia 190 $27.10 $56,380 0.031%
Vermont 70 $12.82 $26,660 0.024%
South Dakota 90 $9.61 $19,980 0.024%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 5,320 $29.01 $60,330 0.036%
Nevada 240 $28.42 $59,120 0.021%
District of Columbia 190 $27.10 $56,380 0.031%
New Jersey 280 $26.39 $54,900 0.007%
New Mexico 140 $25.82 $53,700 0.019%

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 3,440 $30.77 $63,990 0.086%
Bangor, ME MSA 50 $11.22 $23,340 0.085%
Sioux City, IA-NE MSA 30 $8.68 $18,050 0.049%
Johnstown, PA MSA 40 $15.01 $31,210 0.047%
Honolulu, HI MSA 190 $16.04 $33,360 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) $38.90 $80,910 (7)
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA (7) $33.13 $68,900 (7)
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 3,440 $30.77 $63,990 0.086%
Las Vegas, NV-AZ MSA 220 $29.94 $62,280 0.025%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 230 $28.53 $59,340 0.024%

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.

(7) Estimate not released.

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November 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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