Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
57,540 2.2 % $11.90 $24,760 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.97 $8.90 $10.58 $13.45 $18.02
Annual Wage (2) $16,580 $18,510 $22,010 $27,970 $37,490


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 General Merchandise Stores 13,340 0.88 $10.45 $21,740
Health and Personal Care Stores 9,950 1.01 $10.32 $21,470
Department Stores 8,710 0.57 $9.96 $20,710
Other Personal Services 7,690 3.29 $13.86 $28,840
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 6,150 1.06 $13.24 $27,540

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 7,690 3.29 $13.86 $28,840
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 6,150 1.06 $13.24 $27,540
Health and Personal Care Stores 9,950 1.01 $10.32 $21,470
Other General Merchandise Stores 13,340 0.88 $10.45 $21,740
Department Stores 8,710 0.57 $9.96 $20,710

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 100 (7) $22.99 $47,830
Motion Picture and Video Industries (8) (8) $20.16 $41,930
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 80 0.01 $19.00 $39,520
Specialized Design Services 220 0.20 $18.73 $38,950
State Government (OES Designation) 70 (7) $18.50 $38,470


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 6,630 0.47 1.05 $13.88 $28,880
New York 5,180 0.62 1.37 $14.36 $29,870
Texas 3,550 0.35 0.78 $11.56 $24,040
Florida 3,500 0.49 1.09 $11.10 $23,090
Pennsylvania 3,050 0.56 1.23 $10.58 $22,010




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)
Tennessee 1,730 0.67 1.48 $11.09 $23,070
South Carolina 1,140 0.65 1.44 $11.14 $23,180
Rhode Island 290 0.65 1.44 $10.62 $22,080
New York 5,180 0.62 1.37 $14.36 $29,870
Wisconsin 1,520 0.58 1.29 $11.53 $23,980




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 890 0.33 0.73 $14.56 $30,280
New York 5,180 0.62 1.37 $14.36 $29,870
Alaska 130 0.42 0.93 $13.89 $28,890
California 6,630 0.47 1.05 $13.88 $28,880
Oregon 410 0.26 0.57 $13.16 $27,360

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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,390 0.48 1.06 $15.43 $32,100
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,990 0.56 1.24 $12.13 $25,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,730 0.45 1.00 $13.57 $28,220
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,160 0.65 1.43 $11.19 $23,280
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,020 0.61 1.34 $12.66 $26,340
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,010 0.60 1.32 $12.57 $26,150
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 990 0.49 1.09 $12.76 $26,530
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 980 0.44 0.98 $11.49 $23,890
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 950 0.42 0.92 $11.76 $24,450
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 950 1.00 2.20 $17.69 $36,790




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)
Cleveland, TN 130 3.55 7.84 $10.20 $21,220
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 110 1.48 3.28 $10.68 $22,220
Chattanooga, TN-GA 290 1.30 2.87 $12.08 $25,130
Punta Gorda, FL 50 1.22 2.70 $9.80 $20,390
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 100 1.17 2.58 $10.27 $21,360
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 840 1.17 2.58 $10.69 $22,240
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA 250 1.01 2.24 $9.60 $19,970
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 950 1.00 2.20 $17.69 $36,790
Springfield, IL 100 0.94 2.08 $11.61 $24,150
Appleton, WI 100 0.87 1.91 $12.47 $25,940




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 950 1.00 2.20 $17.69 $36,790
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 320 0.24 0.52 $16.93 $35,220
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 130 0.51 1.13 $16.52 $34,350
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,390 0.48 1.06 $15.43 $32,100
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 70 0.44 0.96 $15.23 $31,670
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 250 0.47 1.03 $14.91 $31,010
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 50 0.30 0.65 $14.57 $30,300
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 360 0.38 0.84 $14.50 $30,160
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 170 0.41 0.90 $14.07 $29,270
Grand Junction, CO 30 0.61 1.34 $14.03 $29,180

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)
Northwest Indiana nonmetropolitan area 230 1.55 3.42 $13.07 $27,180
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 170 0.64 1.41 $10.92 $22,720
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 150 1.01 2.24 $9.04 $18,810
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 150 0.52 1.14 $8.38 $17,430
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 140 1.26 2.79 $11.65 $24,230

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)
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 50 1.98 4.38 $14.54 $30,240
Northwest Indiana nonmetropolitan area 230 1.55 3.42 $13.07 $27,180
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 140 1.26 2.79 $11.65 $24,230
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 150 1.01 2.24 $9.04 $18,810
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.93 2.06 $15.12 $31,460

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.93 2.06 $15.12 $31,460
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 50 1.98 4.38 $14.54 $30,240
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 0.70 $14.08 $29,280
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 130 0.85 1.87 $13.08 $27,210
Northwest Indiana nonmetropolitan area 230 1.55 3.42 $13.07 $27,180


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

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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