Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
16,860 3.3 % $25.26 $52,530 2.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.89 $14.03 $20.45 $30.37 $44.18
Annual Wage (2) $20,560 $29,190 $42,530 $63,170 $91,890


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)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 6,870 1.82 $28.94 $60,190
Radio and Television Broadcasting 5,200 2.43 $19.77 $41,130
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 730 1.01 (8) (8)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 400 0.02 $32.08 $66,730
Local Government (OES Designation) 380 0.01 $16.43 $34,180

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 5,200 2.43 $19.77 $41,130
Motion Picture and Video Industries 6,870 1.82 $28.94 $60,190
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 730 1.01 (8) (8)
Other Information Services 190 0.10 $21.06 $43,800
Spectator Sports 120 0.09 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 100 0.01 $36.02 $74,920
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 400 0.02 $32.08 $66,730
Motion Picture and Video Industries 6,870 1.82 $28.94 $60,190
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 150 0.03 $26.96 $56,080
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 160 0.01 $26.86 $55,860


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 2,970 0.20 1.59 $32.86 $68,360
New York 1,910 0.22 1.74 $34.62 $72,020
Texas 1,130 0.10 0.81 $21.61 $44,950
Florida 990 0.13 1.04 $17.66 $36,740
Illinois 800 0.14 1.11 $25.28 $52,580




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 250 0.38 2.97 $34.34 $71,430
Louisiana 530 0.28 2.19 $22.63 $47,080
Hawaii 150 0.25 1.96 $24.11 $50,150
Idaho 140 0.23 1.80 $15.44 $32,110
New York 1,910 0.22 1.74 $34.62 $72,020




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 1,910 0.22 1.74 $34.62 $72,020
District of Columbia 250 0.38 2.97 $34.34 $71,430
California 2,970 0.20 1.59 $32.86 $68,360
Maryland 300 0.12 0.93 $32.11 $66,790
Georgia 450 0.12 0.92 $28.66 $59,610





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 2,310 0.58 4.57 $34.53 $71,830
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,490 0.28 2.23 (8) (8)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 660 0.18 1.40 $27.71 $57,630
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 410 0.28 2.22 $21.95 $45,650
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 340 0.14 1.13 $33.67 $70,030
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 330 0.32 2.50 $17.32 $36,020
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 310 0.56 4.39 $16.44 $34,200
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 290 0.16 1.28 $20.48 $42,610
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 290 0.13 1.06 $18.46 $38,400
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 240 0.09 0.69 $21.06 $43,810




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 2,310 0.58 4.57 $34.53 $71,830
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 310 0.56 4.39 $16.44 $34,200
Missoula, MT 30 0.54 4.28 $16.63 $34,590
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 240 0.45 3.55 $25.07 $52,140
Baton Rouge, LA 160 0.45 3.53 $23.16 $48,180
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 90 0.44 3.50 $13.98 $29,070
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 30 0.42 3.29 $14.13 $29,400
Tallahassee, FL 70 0.42 3.30 $12.86 $26,750
Columbia, MO 30 0.38 2.97 $9.22 $19,180
Tyler, TX 30 0.34 2.69 $9.32 $19,380




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)
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 120 0.22 1.69 $35.76 $74,370
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,310 0.58 4.57 $34.53 $71,830
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 340 0.14 1.13 $33.67 $70,030
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA (8) (8) (8) $31.46 $65,440
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 30 0.03 0.26 $29.88 $62,160
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 150 0.08 0.64 $29.84 $62,060
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 150 0.19 1.50 $29.64 $61,650
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 70 0.13 1.03 $29.16 $60,660
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 220 0.17 1.36 $28.93 $60,170
Baltimore-Towson, MD 130 0.10 0.81 $28.76 $59,830

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)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 1.91 $12.38 $25,740

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)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 1.91 $12.38 $25,740

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)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 1.91 $12.38 $25,740


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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