Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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

Operate television, video, or motion picture camera to record 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
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)
16,760 3.9 % $23.29 $48,450 2.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.76 $13.58 $19.42 $28.06 $39.07
Annual Wage (2) $20,300 $28,240 $40,390 $58,360 $81,270


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)
Radio and Television Broadcasting 6,550 3.08 $20.01 $41,630
Motion Picture and Video Industries 5,630 1.59 $25.18 $52,380
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 980 1.23 (8) (8)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 460 0.02 $31.65 $65,840
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 450 0.08 $21.77 $45,270

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Radio and Television Broadcasting 6,550 3.08 $20.01 $41,630
Motion Picture and Video Industries 5,630 1.59 $25.18 $52,380
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 980 1.23 (8) (8)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 280 0.61 (8) (8)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 450 0.08 $21.77 $45,270

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 460 0.02 $31.65 $65,840
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 70 0.01 $28.86 $60,040
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 200 0.02 $25.66 $53,370
Motion Picture and Video Industries 5,630 1.59 $25.18 $52,380
State Government (OES Designation) 60 (7) $24.22 $50,370


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 3,260 0.23 1.77 $29.59 $61,540
New York 2,100 0.25 1.90 $21.47 $44,650
Florida 1,080 0.15 1.15 $17.66 $36,740
Texas 890 0.09 0.67 $17.12 $35,620
Illinois 720 0.13 0.99 $23.16 $48,180




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)
District of Columbia 210 0.32 2.43 $31.85 $66,250
Hawaii 170 0.31 2.31 $21.65 $45,020
Vermont 80 0.28 2.15 $15.49 $32,210
New York 2,100 0.25 1.90 $21.47 $44,650
Louisiana 450 0.25 1.86 $17.78 $36,970




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 210 0.32 2.43 $31.85 $66,250
Massachusetts 460 0.15 1.11 $31.48 $65,470
California 3,260 0.23 1.77 $29.59 $61,540
Maryland 330 0.13 1.02 $27.99 $58,210
South Carolina 40 0.02 0.18 $26.73 $55,600

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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,090 0.55 4.16 $32.16 $66,900
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,780 0.36 2.71 $21.55 $44,820
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 540 0.15 1.16 $25.13 $52,270
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 320 0.20 1.49 $33.96 $70,630
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 310 0.25 1.88 $18.61 $38,700
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 300 0.14 1.04 $21.11 $43,910
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 290 0.13 0.96 $31.34 $65,190
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 280 0.30 2.24 $16.82 $34,980
Denver-Aurora, CO 280 0.24 1.81 $22.59 $46,980
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 280 0.40 3.00 $19.81 $41,210




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,090 0.55 4.16 $32.16 $66,900
Springfield, MO 90 0.52 3.92 $10.38 $21,590
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 250 0.46 3.47 (8) (8)
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 50 0.43 3.25 $14.72 $30,620
Columbia, MO 30 0.42 3.21 $20.59 $42,830
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 280 0.40 3.00 $19.81 $41,210
Honolulu, HI 160 0.39 2.94 $22.16 $46,090
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,780 0.36 2.71 $21.55 $44,820
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 70 0.35 2.68 $16.40 $34,110
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 160 0.31 2.34 $18.67 $38,840




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)
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $36.08 $75,040
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.21 1.58 $35.58 $74,010
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 320 0.20 1.49 $33.96 $70,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,090 0.55 4.16 $32.16 $66,900
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 290 0.13 0.96 $31.34 $65,190
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 80 0.15 1.14 $30.71 $63,870
Richmond, VA (8) (8) (8) $29.11 $60,550
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $29.02 $60,370
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 40 0.24 1.81 $28.43 $59,130
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $27.29 $56,770

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 1.49 $14.60 $30,370

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 1.49 $14.60 $30,370

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 1.49 $14.60 $30,370


About May 2010 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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