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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
50,070 2.3 % $19.37 $40,280 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.06 $10.87 $15.24 $23.36 $34.71
Annual Wage (2) $18,850 $22,600 $31,710 $48,600 $72,200


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 30,280 4.64 $17.24 $35,860
Radio and Television Broadcasting 3,790 1.71 $21.96 $45,680
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,150 0.79 $21.78 $45,310
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,240 0.32 $33.82 $70,350
Other Personal Services 1,020 0.34 $18.94 $39,390

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 30,280 4.64 $17.24 $35,860
Radio and Television Broadcasting 3,790 1.71 $21.96 $45,680
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 620 1.18 $24.98 $51,960
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,150 0.79 $21.78 $45,310
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 60 0.44 $16.33 $33,960

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 $36.83 $76,610
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,240 0.32 $33.82 $70,350
Scientific Research and Development Services 140 0.02 $31.70 $65,940
Printing and Related Support Activities 80 0.02 $28.87 $60,060
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 80 0.01 $27.46 $57,110


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 6,360 0.41 1.13 $24.64 $51,250
Florida 4,210 0.53 1.46 $16.07 $33,430
New York 4,060 0.45 1.25 $28.72 $59,740
Texas 3,070 0.27 0.73 $20.76 $43,180
Illinois 2,150 0.37 1.01 $16.79 $34,930



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 0.77 2.13 (8) (8)
Nevada 780 0.63 1.75 $17.33 $36,040
Florida 4,210 0.53 1.46 $16.07 $33,430
Rhode Island 220 0.47 1.30 $24.82 $51,630
Nebraska 450 0.47 1.29 $13.87 $28,860



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 160 0.24 0.67 $29.57 $61,510
New York 4,060 0.45 1.25 $28.72 $59,740
Rhode Island 220 0.47 1.30 $24.82 $51,630
California 6,360 0.41 1.13 $24.64 $51,250
Massachusetts 1,200 0.35 0.97 $24.61 $51,190




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,390 0.52 1.44 $29.84 $62,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,620 0.64 1.76 $30.85 $64,180
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,500 1.34 3.69 $14.26 $29,660
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,440 0.40 1.11 $16.51 $34,340
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,070 0.43 1.19 $18.55 $38,590
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 750 0.40 1.10 $19.87 $41,330
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 740 0.66 1.82 $15.05 $31,300
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 720 0.47 1.30 (8) (8)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 690 0.23 0.65 (8) (8)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 690 0.45 1.23 $20.24 $42,090



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 1,500 1.34 3.69 $14.26 $29,660
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 70 1.03 2.83 (8) (8)
Urban Honolulu, HI 390 0.85 2.34 $23.97 $49,850
Evansville, IN-KY 130 0.85 2.33 $11.87 $24,690
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 110 0.82 2.26 $17.94 $37,320
Santa Fe, NM 50 0.82 2.25 $27.30 $56,780
Oklahoma City, OK 470 0.77 2.11 $17.22 $35,820
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 110 0.77 2.11 $14.13 $29,400
Provo-Orem, UT 160 0.75 2.07 $15.15 $31,520
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 650 0.72 1.98 $17.67 $36,760