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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

27-4021 Photographers

Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects. May use lighting equipment to enhance a subject's appearance. May use editing software to produce finished images and prints. Includes commercial and industrial photographers, scientific photographers, and photojournalists. Excludes "Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film" (27-4031).


National estimates for Photographers
Industry profile for Photographers
Geographic profile for Photographers

National estimates for Photographers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Photographers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
41,600 2.4 % $ 24.18 $ 50,290 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Photographers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.78 $ 13.72 $ 19.85 $ 30.02 $ 41.76
Annual Wage (2) $ 22,410 $ 28,530 $ 41,280 $ 62,440 $ 86,850


Industry profile for Photographers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Photographers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Photographers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Photographers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 21,690 2.99 $ 22.14 $ 46,050
Radio and Television Broadcasting 3,740 1.84 $ 26.40 $ 54,910
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 1,710 0.62 $ 26.96 $ 56,080
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,570 0.48 $ 37.73 $ 78,470
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 1,120 0.27 $ 23.87 $ 49,640

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Photographers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 21,690 2.99 $ 22.14 $ 46,050
Radio and Television Broadcasting 3,740 1.84 $ 26.40 $ 54,910
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 790 1.63 $ 23.57 $ 49,030
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 1,710 0.62 $ 26.96 $ 56,080
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,570 0.48 $ 37.73 $ 78,470

Top paying industries for Photographers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 50 0.01 $ 44.15 $ 91,830
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 530 0.12 $ 38.01 $ 79,060
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,570 0.48 $ 37.73 $ 78,470
Other Information Services 380 0.11 $ 37.31 $ 77,610
Employment Services 390 0.01 $ 33.99 $ 70,710


Geographic profile for Photographers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Photographers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Photographers, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Photographers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,770 0.35 1.17 $ 28.92 $ 60,150
New York 3,710 0.43 1.43 $ 35.15 $ 73,110
Florida 3,640 0.43 1.44 $ 17.59 $ 36,590
Texas 2,980 0.25 0.82 $ 27.51 $ 57,230
Illinois 1,570 0.28 0.93 $ 26.92 $ 55,990




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Photographers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 390 0.68 2.29 $ 21.22 $ 44,130
District of Columbia 430 0.63 2.11 $ 44.10 $ 91,720
Nevada 770 0.62 2.06 $ 14.07 $ 29,270
Rhode Island 210 0.47 1.56 $ 25.20 $ 52,410
Florida 3,640 0.43 1.44 $ 17.59 $ 36,590




Top paying states for Photographers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 430 0.63 2.11 $ 44.10 $ 91,720
New York 3,710 0.43 1.43 $ 35.15 $ 73,110
Massachusetts 850 0.25 0.85 $ 31.79 $ 66,120
Minnesota 740 0.27 0.92 $ 29.15 $ 60,630
California 5,770 0.35 1.17 $ 28.92 $ 60,150





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Photographers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,810 0.43 1.44 $ 34.95 $ 72,690
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,950 0.51 1.69 $ 30.46 $ 63,350
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,290 0.29 0.99 $ 26.54 $ 55,210
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,120 0.42 1.42 $ 25.98 $ 54,040
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,100 0.31 1.02 (8) (8)
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 990 0.40 1.33 $ 23.22 $ 48,290
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 850 0.37 1.22 $ 32.07 $ 66,700
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 840 0.31 1.04 $ 21.22 $ 44,140
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 840 0.28 0.93 $ 33.90 $ 70,510
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 760 0.39 1.29 $ 27.02 $ 56,190




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Photographers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Urban Honolulu, HI 320 0.78 2.61 $ 21.92 $ 45,600
Asheville, NC 140 0.77 2.59 $ 13.95 $ 29,020
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 690 0.76 2.54 $ 14.22 $ 29,570
Springfield, MO 150 0.72 2.41 $ 14.67 $ 30,520
Lubbock, TX 90 0.65 2.16 $ 20.40 $ 42,430
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 40 0.63 2.11 $ 20.92 $ 43,520
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 190 0.60 2.00 $ 16.08 $ 33,440
Green Bay, WI 100 0.59 1.98 $ 18.79 $ 39,080
Wilmington, NC 80 0.59 1.98 $ 19.29 $ 40,130
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 40 0.59 1.97 $ 20.60 $ 42,840




Top paying metropolitan areas for Photographers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Logan, UT-ID (8) (8) (8) $ 36.11 $ 75,100
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 80 0.20 0.68 $ 35.88 $ 74,620
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,810 0.43 1.44 $ 34.95 $ 72,690
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 840 0.28 0.93 $ 33.90 $ 70,510
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 660 0.25 0.85 $ 33.00 $ 68,640
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 850 0.37 1.22 $ 32.07 $ 66,700
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,950 0.51 1.69 $ 30.46 $ 63,350
New Haven, CT 70 0.28 0.92 $ 30.20 $ 62,810
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 40 0.35 1.15 $ 30.16 $ 62,740
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 660 0.36 1.20 $ 29.57 $ 61,510

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Photographers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 70 1.04 3.46 $ 16.98 $ 35,320
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 60 0.30 1.01 $ 16.38 $ 34,070
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.56 1.86 $ 16.04 $ 33,370
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 1.50 $ 15.21 $ 31,640
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 1.22 $ 19.89 $ 41,370

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Photographers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 70 1.04 3.46 $ 16.98 $ 35,320
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.56 1.86 $ 16.04 $ 33,370
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 1.50 $ 15.21 $ 31,640
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 1.22 $ 19.89 $ 41,370
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 60 0.30 1.01 $ 16.38 $ 34,070

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Photographers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 20.71 $ 43,070
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 1.22 $ 19.89 $ 41,370
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 0.57 $ 18.85 $ 39,210
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.15 0.50 $ 17.49 $ 36,370
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 0.89 $ 17.02 $ 35,400


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021