Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
16,270 3.7 % $23.77 $49,430 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.51 $13.26 $19.31 $28.57 $42.23
Annual Wage (2) $19,770 $27,590 $40,170 $59,430 $87,850


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 6,140 2.89 $19.94 $41,480
Motion Picture and Video Industries 5,770 1.64 $27.94 $58,110
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 650 0.82 (8) (8)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 530 0.09 $20.49 $42,610
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 460 0.02 $31.36 $65,220

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 6,140 2.89 $19.94 $41,480
Motion Picture and Video Industries 5,770 1.64 $27.94 $58,110
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 650 0.82 (8) (8)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 270 0.56 (8) (8)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 530 0.09 $20.49 $42,610

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 $31.36 $65,220
Sound Recording Industries (8) (8) $29.32 $60,990
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 130 0.02 $28.85 $60,010
Employment Services 110 (7) $28.49 $59,250
Motion Picture and Video Industries 5,770 1.64 $27.94 $58,110


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 2,500 0.18 1.40 $34.42 $71,600
New York 2,110 0.25 1.97 $24.17 $50,270
Florida 1,180 0.16 1.30 $17.72 $36,860
Texas 940 0.09 0.72 $17.68 $36,780
Illinois 820 0.15 1.16 $26.09 $54,260




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)
Hawaii 170 0.29 2.29 $19.32 $40,190
District of Columbia 190 0.29 2.30 $33.20 $69,060
Vermont 80 0.27 2.12 $17.30 $35,990
Louisiana 490 0.27 2.12 $18.95 $39,420
New York 2,110 0.25 1.97 $24.17 $50,270




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,500 0.18 1.40 $34.42 $71,600
District of Columbia 190 0.29 2.30 $33.20 $69,060
Maryland 310 0.12 0.97 $31.54 $65,610
Massachusetts 420 0.13 1.06 $29.65 $61,680
New Jersey 350 0.09 0.72 $27.73 $57,680





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 1,680 0.44 3.47 $38.47 $80,010
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,630 0.32 2.54 $25.24 $52,500
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 640 0.18 1.40 $28.80 $59,900
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 360 0.26 2.08 $24.64 $51,240
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 300 0.30 2.40 $17.82 $37,060
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 290 0.17 1.36 $32.79 $68,210
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 290 0.29 2.31 $18.70 $38,890
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 280 0.12 0.94 $32.14 $66,850
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 270 0.12 0.95 $25.79 $53,650
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 230 0.32 2.52 $21.78 $45,310




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)
Idaho Falls, ID 80 1.55 12.24 $9.30 $19,340
Missoula, MT 30 0.63 4.97 $11.09 $23,070
Springfield, MO 80 0.46 3.59 $10.45 $21,730
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 80 0.44 3.47 $15.71 $32,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,680 0.44 3.47 $38.47 $80,010
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 220 0.41 3.22 (8) (8)
Tyler, TX 30 0.39 3.05 $15.69 $32,620
Honolulu, HI 160 0.38 2.98 $19.04 $39,600
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 40 0.37 2.91 $16.41 $34,130
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 60 0.36 2.84 $15.47 $32,180




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)
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 110 0.14 1.12 $48.26 $100,370
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.17 1.38 $38.63 $80,350
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,680 0.44 3.47 $38.47 $80,010
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.47 $35.47 $73,770
Raleigh-Cary, NC 120 0.25 1.94 $33.75 $70,210
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 80 0.15 1.16 $33.20 $69,060
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 290 0.17 1.36 $32.79 $68,210
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 280 0.12 0.94 $32.14 $66,850
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.05 0.37 $29.30 $60,950
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 640 0.18 1.40 $28.80 $59,900

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 80 0.39 3.04 $9.76 $20,290

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 80 0.39 3.04 $9.76 $20,290

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 80 0.39 3.04 $9.76 $20,290


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2011 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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