Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
37,130 2.9 % $13.18 $27,410 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.40 $9.51 $11.46 $14.81 $20.95
Annual Wage (2) $17,470 $19,790 $23,840 $30,800 $43,570


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 9,200 0.52 $11.82 $24,580
Other Personal Services 5,110 1.92 $14.23 $29,610
Health and Personal Care Stores 5,050 0.50 $11.06 $23,000
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 3,380 0.55 $14.37 $29,880
Employment Services 2,160 0.07 $10.31 $21,440

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 5,110 1.92 $14.23 $29,610
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 200 1.08 $12.75 $26,530
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 3,380 0.55 $14.37 $29,880
Other General Merchandise Stores 9,200 0.52 $11.82 $24,580
Health and Personal Care Stores 5,050 0.50 $11.06 $23,000

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing (8) (8) $23.91 $49,740
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,070 0.28 $23.34 $48,560
Other Information Services 260 0.14 $22.80 $47,420
Specialized Design Services 170 0.14 $21.61 $44,950
Local Government (OES Designation) 140 (7) $21.56 $44,840


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 4,460 0.30 1.08 $16.91 $35,160
Virginia 2,330 0.64 2.29 $11.66 $24,250
Texas 2,280 0.21 0.74 $12.62 $26,250
New York 2,210 0.26 0.91 $15.00 $31,190
Florida 2,000 0.27 0.96 $12.64 $26,300




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)
South Carolina 1,340 0.73 2.62 $9.13 $18,990
Virginia 2,330 0.64 2.29 $11.66 $24,250
Tennessee 1,290 0.48 1.71 $12.69 $26,400
Rhode Island 180 0.40 1.44 $13.45 $27,970
South Dakota 160 0.39 1.38 $10.86 $22,600




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 70 0.21 0.73 $19.26 $40,050
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $17.36 $36,110
California 4,460 0.30 1.08 $16.91 $35,160
Washington 830 0.30 1.05 $15.53 $32,290
Massachusetts 770 0.24 0.85 $15.44 $32,110





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 1,580 0.40 1.42 $19.37 $40,290
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,390 0.26 0.94 $16.84 $35,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 910 0.38 1.37 $13.22 $27,500
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 830 1.15 4.10 $10.69 $22,230
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 790 0.45 1.59 $12.99 $27,010
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 690 0.19 0.67 $13.18 $27,400
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 650 0.36 1.29 $14.07 $29,260
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 650 0.74 2.64 $10.22 $21,260
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 630 0.35 1.23 $11.96 $24,880
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 620 0.29 1.02 $13.53 $28,150




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)
Chattanooga, TN-GA 390 1.72 6.13 $12.84 $26,710
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 830 1.15 4.10 $10.69 $22,230
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 80 1.04 3.72 $13.88 $28,880
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 90 0.99 3.52 $11.28 $23,470
Champaign-Urbana, IL 90 0.90 3.20 $12.24 $25,460
Salisbury, MD 40 0.77 2.76 $9.68 $20,140
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 650 0.74 2.64 $10.22 $21,260
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 30 0.63 2.27 $9.93 $20,650
Reading, PA 100 0.61 2.17 $10.62 $22,090
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 70 0.60 2.14 $11.34 $23,590




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 (8) (8) (8) $20.65 $42,950
Anchorage, AK 40 0.24 0.85 $19.85 $41,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,580 0.40 1.42 $19.37 $40,290
Appleton, WI 40 0.37 1.33 $19.10 $39,730
Dayton, OH 140 0.37 1.33 $17.94 $37,310
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 140 0.14 0.50 $17.69 $36,790
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 380 0.22 0.77 $17.50 $36,410
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 30 0.12 0.45 $17.14 $35,650
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 190 0.19 0.69 $16.95 $35,250
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,390 0.26 0.94 $16.84 $35,030

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)
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 720 6.55 23.39 $8.57 $17,820
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 100 0.57 2.04 $11.76 $24,460
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 0.33 1.16 $8.86 $18,440
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.37 1.33 $11.82 $24,580
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.22 0.79 $11.51 $23,940

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)
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 720 6.55 23.39 $8.57 $17,820
Eastern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 30 1.21 4.32 $16.35 $34,010
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.60 2.14 $12.86 $26,760
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.58 2.06 $10.00 $20,800
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 100 0.57 2.04 $11.76 $24,460

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)
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.55 1.97 $25.00 $51,990
Eastern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 30 1.21 4.32 $16.35 $34,010
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 0.89 $13.01 $27,070
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.60 2.14 $12.86 $26,760
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 0.79 $12.67 $26,350


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.

(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 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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