Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

27-4021 Photographers

Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.


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)
52,250 2.3 % $18.44 $38,350 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.71 $10.36 $14.66 $22.32 $33.14
Annual Wage (2) $18,120 $21,550 $30,490 $46,420 $68,930


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 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 32,870 5.20 $16.26 $33,820
Radio and Television Broadcasting 3,820 1.74 $21.33 $44,370
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,530 0.84 $21.24 $44,180
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,060 0.28 $32.29 $67,160
Other Personal Services 960 0.34 $17.03 $35,420

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 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 32,870 5.20 $16.26 $33,820
Radio and Television Broadcasting 3,820 1.74 $21.33 $44,370
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 670 1.25 $22.68 $47,180
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,530 0.84 $21.24 $44,180
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 70 0.46 $16.68 $34,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 70 0.01 $36.58 $76,090
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories (8) (8) $33.28 $69,230
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,060 0.28 $32.29 $67,160
Scientific Research and Development Services 110 0.02 $30.54 $63,530
Other Information Services 320 0.15 $29.37 $61,090


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 6,600 0.44 1.13 $25.36 $52,750
New York 4,300 0.49 1.26 $25.98 $54,030
Florida 4,140 0.54 1.40 $14.41 $29,970
Texas 3,330 0.30 0.77 $16.06 $33,400
Illinois 2,240 0.39 1.00 $17.13 $35,640




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 480 0.79 2.05 $22.95 $47,740
Nevada 710 0.59 1.54 $18.06 $37,560
Utah 710 0.55 1.42 $16.20 $33,700
Rhode Island 250 0.55 1.41 $21.30 $44,290
Florida 4,140 0.54 1.40 $14.41 $29,970




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 180 0.26 0.68 $31.93 $66,410
New York 4,300 0.49 1.26 $25.98 $54,030
California 6,600 0.44 1.13 $25.36 $52,750
Hawaii 480 0.79 2.05 $22.95 $47,740
New Mexico 250 0.32 0.82 $22.22 $46,220





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 3,350 0.62 1.61 $28.46 $59,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,680 0.66 1.71 $31.81 $66,160
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,660 0.44 1.15 $17.48 $36,350
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,480 1.37 3.56 $13.14 $27,340
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,050 0.44 1.14 $19.15 $39,840
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 910 0.41 1.05 $17.30 $35,980
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 850 0.57 1.48 $15.73 $32,710
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 810 0.44 1.14 $18.53 $38,530
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 720 0.40 1.04 $23.77 $49,440
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 710 0.48 1.24 (8) (8)




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)
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,480 1.37 3.56 $13.14 $27,340
Grand Junction, CO 70 1.16 2.99 $14.67 $30,510
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 90 1.12 2.88 $15.92 $33,120
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC 120 1.00 2.59 $17.85 $37,120
Wilmington, NC 140 0.99 2.56 $14.42 $29,990
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 120 0.94 2.43 $20.32 $42,270
Santa Fe, NM 60 0.92 2.37 $23.25 $48,350
Green Bay, WI 150 0.91 2.35 $16.94 $35,220
Honolulu, HI 380 0.85 2.21 $24.96 $51,920
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 70 0.81 2.09 $11.89 $24,720




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,680 0.66 1.71 $31.81 $66,160
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,350 0.62 1.61 $28.46 $59,190
New Haven, CT 60 0.23 0.61 $26.64 $55,420
Honolulu, HI 380 0.85 2.21 $24.96 $51,920
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 60 0.17 0.44 $24.19 $50,320
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 720 0.40 1.04 $23.77 $49,440
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 630 0.27 0.69 $23.71 $49,310
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 40 0.21 0.53 $23.52 $48,920
Springfield, MA-CT 80 0.28 0.74 $23.30 $48,460
Santa Fe, NM 60 0.92 2.37 $23.25 $48,350

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)
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 140 1.78 4.59 $15.85 $32,970
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 120 1.66 4.30 $10.00 $20,800
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 0.45 1.18 $11.60 $24,120
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 100 0.62 1.60 $15.39 $32,020
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 0.38 0.98 $14.04 $29,190

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)
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 140 1.78 4.59 $15.85 $32,970
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 120 1.66 4.30 $10.00 $20,800
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 70 0.64 1.66 $18.50 $38,480
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 100 0.62 1.60 $15.39 $32,020
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 80 0.54 1.39 $12.54 $26,080

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)
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 0.83 $23.33 $48,530
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 1.01 $21.10 $43,890
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 0.42 $20.00 $41,600
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 70 0.64 1.66 $18.50 $38,480
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.26 0.68 $17.73 $36,880


About May 2014 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.

(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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015