Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
54,830 1.9 % $17.88 $37,190 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.55 $9.88 $14.08 $21.63 $31.90
Annual Wage (2) $17,770 $20,550 $29,280 $44,980 $66,360


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 36,030 5.81 $16.09 $33,470
Radio and Television Broadcasting 4,200 1.96 $20.81 $43,290
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,660 0.83 $20.72 $43,090
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,000 0.27 $31.80 $66,150
Other Personal Services 940 0.35 $15.98 $33,230

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 36,030 5.81 $16.09 $33,470
Radio and Television Broadcasting 4,200 1.96 $20.81 $43,290
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 740 1.49 $20.90 $43,470
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,660 0.83 $20.72 $43,090
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 80 0.57 $15.39 $32,020

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal Care Services (8) (8) $36.41 $75,730
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 40 (7) $33.16 $68,970
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 50 0.01 $32.97 $68,580
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,000 0.27 $31.80 $66,150
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories (8) (8) $30.80 $64,070


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 5,720 0.39 0.94 $25.62 $53,280
Florida 4,330 0.58 1.40 $14.35 $29,860
New York 4,270 0.49 1.19 $23.79 $49,480
Texas 3,250 0.30 0.72 $15.66 $32,570
Illinois 2,530 0.44 1.07 $15.67 $32,590




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 530 0.88 2.13 $21.41 $44,530
Rhode Island 300 0.66 1.61 $17.53 $36,470
Florida 4,330 0.58 1.40 $14.35 $29,860
Utah 670 0.54 1.29 $18.85 $39,220
Colorado 1,190 0.52 1.25 $17.14 $35,660




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 230 0.34 0.82 $31.79 $66,130
California 5,720 0.39 0.94 $25.62 $53,280
New York 4,270 0.49 1.19 $23.79 $49,480
Minnesota 1,120 0.42 1.01 $23.44 $48,760
New Mexico 270 0.34 0.82 $21.50 $44,720





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 3,280 0.63 1.51 $26.82 $55,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,170 0.55 1.32 $30.18 $62,780
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,760 0.47 1.15 $15.87 $33,020
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,420 1.37 3.30 $13.28 $27,620
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,130 0.49 1.19 $15.31 $31,850
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 960 0.66 1.61 $14.08 $29,280
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 940 0.53 1.27 $19.10 $39,740
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 880 0.49 1.19 $25.27 $52,550
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 790 0.37 0.89 $17.14 $35,650
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 790 0.29 0.69 $17.64 $36,690




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 1,420 1.37 3.30 $13.28 $27,620
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 90 1.17 2.84 $14.69 $30,550
Santa Fe, NM 60 1.07 2.59 $20.67 $42,990
Green Bay, WI 170 1.03 2.50 $15.44 $32,120
Grand Junction, CO 60 1.02 2.47 $15.32 $31,860
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 70 0.99 2.39 (8) (8)
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC 110 0.97 2.34 $20.25 $42,130
Fayetteville, NC 120 0.97 2.33 $12.07 $25,110
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 80 0.88 2.13 $11.34 $23,600
Honolulu, HI 380 0.86 2.07 $23.59 $49,070




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 2,170 0.55 1.32 $30.18 $62,780
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,280 0.63 1.51 $26.82 $55,780
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 880 0.49 1.19 $25.27 $52,550
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 710 0.30 0.72 $24.50 $50,960
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 460 0.46 1.11 $23.66 $49,210
Honolulu, HI 380 0.86 2.07 $23.59 $49,070
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 650 0.37 0.89 $23.55 $48,990
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 190 0.33 0.81 $23.33 $48,530
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.23 0.55 $23.33 $48,520
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 60 0.26 0.64 $23.23 $48,310

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)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 150 0.95 2.30 $16.00 $33,280
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 0.44 1.07 $14.00 $29,120
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 100 1.36 3.30 $11.10 $23,090
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 0.40 0.96 $14.05 $29,220
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.22 0.53 $12.32 $25,620

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 100 1.36 3.30 $11.10 $23,090
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 80 1.09 2.63 $10.06 $20,930
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 150 0.95 2.30 $16.00 $33,280
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 80 0.83 2.00 $15.50 $32,240
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.60 1.46 $9.56 $19,890

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)
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.41 1.00 $18.44 $38,350
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.42 1.02 $17.16 $35,700
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