Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
20,060 3.4 % $28.54 $59,360 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.05 $16.44 $23.60 $34.71 $50.54
Annual Wage (2) $25,070 $34,200 $49,080 $72,190 $105,120


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 8,890 2.28 $31.16 $64,810
Radio and Television Broadcasting 5,330 2.41 $24.98 $51,970
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,040 1.67 (8) (8)
Local Government (OES Designation) 450 0.01 $20.57 $42,780
Employment Services 390 0.01 $34.47 $71,700

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 5,330 2.41 $24.98 $51,970
Motion Picture and Video Industries 8,890 2.28 $31.16 $64,810
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,040 1.67 (8) (8)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 260 0.49 $46.49 $96,700
Spectator Sports 210 0.15 $28.31 $58,890

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 260 0.49 $46.49 $96,700
Employment Services 390 0.01 $34.47 $71,700
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 360 0.04 $32.22 $67,010
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 350 0.02 $32.16 $66,900
Motion Picture and Video Industries 8,890 2.28 $31.16 $64,810


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 5,110 0.33 2.27 $34.32 $71,390
New York 1,650 0.18 1.26 $41.96 $87,280
Texas 1,300 0.11 0.77 $26.27 $54,630
Illinois 890 0.15 1.05 $22.80 $47,430
Florida 810 0.10 0.71 $24.32 $50,580




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 600 0.89 6.09 $41.71 $86,760
Vermont 120 0.40 2.72 $16.08 $33,440
Idaho 250 0.38 2.64 $27.44 $57,070
Louisiana 650 0.34 2.30 $20.82 $43,310
California 5,110 0.33 2.27 $34.32 $71,390




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 1,650 0.18 1.26 $41.96 $87,280
District of Columbia 600 0.89 6.09 $41.71 $86,760
Connecticut 390 0.24 1.62 $37.12 $77,210
California 5,110 0.33 2.27 $34.32 $71,390
Oregon 140 0.08 0.55 $31.15 $64,790





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 4,360 1.06 7.31 $34.51 $71,770
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,420 0.22 1.51 (8) (8)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 690 0.19 1.33 $24.30 $50,550
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 680 0.28 1.93 $41.09 $85,470
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 360 0.15 1.05 $25.88 $53,830
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 350 0.62 4.29 $20.48 $42,600
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 310 0.18 1.22 $26.16 $54,410
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 300 0.28 1.89 $27.46 $57,110
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 290 0.15 1.05 $20.98 $43,650
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 290 0.10 0.67 $27.23 $56,640




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 4,360 1.06 7.31 $34.51 $71,770
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 350 0.62 4.29 $20.48 $42,600
Baton Rouge, LA 200 0.51 3.51 $22.94 $47,710
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 280 0.48 3.31 $38.94 $80,990
Portland-South Portland, ME 80 0.42 2.89 $14.27 $29,690
Peoria, IL 70 0.39 2.67 $13.76 $28,620
Sioux Falls, SD 50 0.37 2.55 $12.87 $26,780
Boise City, ID 110 0.37 2.56 $28.26 $58,770
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 90 0.36 2.47 $13.44 $27,960
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 40 0.33 2.27 $17.15 $35,670




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 680 0.28 1.93 $41.09 $85,470
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 280 0.48 3.31 $38.94 $80,990
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.08 0.54 $37.55 $78,110
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,360 1.06 7.31 $34.51 $71,770
Joplin, MO (8) (8) (8) $33.09 $68,830
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 110 0.10 0.69 $32.50 $67,590
Lubbock, TX 40 0.29 1.96 $31.04 $64,570
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.18 1.21 $30.34 $63,110
Urban Honolulu, HI 90 0.20 1.38 $28.96 $60,240
Springfield, MA-CT 60 0.19 1.30 $28.82 $59,940

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)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 2.77 $15.38 $31,980
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.52 3.60 $15.73 $32,710

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)
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.52 3.60 $15.73 $32,710
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 2.77 $15.38 $31,980

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)
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.52 3.60 $15.73 $32,710
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 2.77 $15.38 $31,980


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016