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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

27-4031 Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film

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)
21,500 3.9 % $31.23 $64,960 2.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.77 $17.87 $26.52 $37.56 $53.26
Annual Wage (2) $26,560 $37,180 $55,160 $78,120 $110,790


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 8,360 1.95 $36.40 $75,710
Radio and Television Broadcasting 5,710 2.66 $27.92 $58,070
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 880 1.66 $27.37 $56,930
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 750 0.10 $20.05 $41,710
Employment Services 610 0.02 $28.51 $59,300

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 5,710 2.66 $27.92 $58,070
Motion Picture and Video Industries 8,360 1.95 $36.40 $75,710
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 880 1.66 $27.37 $56,930
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 210 0.39 (8) (8)
Spectator Sports 470 0.32 $24.25 $50,440

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 40 0.01 $38.60 $80,280
Motion Picture and Video Industries 8,360 1.95 $36.40 $75,710
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 300 0.02 $34.57 $71,910
Other Information Services 200 0.06 $31.50 $65,520
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 30 (7) $30.30 $63,020


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 4,380 0.25 1.72 $38.57 $80,220
New York 2,910 0.31 2.09 $47.97 $99,780
Georgia 1,360 0.30 2.07 $28.84 $59,980
Texas 1,050 0.08 0.58 $25.10 $52,220
Florida 870 0.10 0.68 $23.24 $48,330




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 370 0.51 3.46 $34.46 $71,680
Vermont 90 0.31 2.11 $20.77 $43,210
New York 2,910 0.31 2.09 $47.97 $99,780
Georgia 1,360 0.30 2.07 $28.84 $59,980
Connecticut 420 0.25 1.72 $24.02 $49,970




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 2,910 0.31 2.09 $47.97 $99,780
California 4,380 0.25 1.72 $38.57 $80,220
District of Columbia 370 0.51 3.46 $34.46 $71,680
Hawaii 110 0.17 1.15 $34.01 $70,750
New Jersey 550 0.13 0.92 $33.20 $69,060





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-Anaheim, CA 3,490 0.56 3.82 $41.02 $85,320
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,920 0.30 2.06 $47.46 $98,720
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,180 0.43 2.95 $29.83 $62,050
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 590 0.19 1.27 $33.03 $68,700
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 490 0.10 0.72 $23.93 $49,770
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 420 0.15 1.01 $29.24 $60,820
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 410 0.15 0.99 $22.15 $46,060
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 360 0.10 0.68 $26.01 $54,110
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 350 0.35 2.40 $28.44 $59,150
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 350 0.29 1.97 $31.71 $65,960




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)
Missoula, MT 40 0.68 4.62 $18.58 $38,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,490 0.56 3.82 $41.02 $85,320
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 60 0.52 3.55 $22.59 $46,990
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,180 0.43 2.95 $29.83 $62,050
Portland-South Portland, ME 70 0.36 2.43 $18.14 $37,740
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 350 0.35 2.40 $28.44 $59,150
Tulsa, OK 140 0.32 2.21 $18.67 $38,830
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,920 0.30 2.06 $47.46 $98,720
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 350 0.29 1.97 $31.71 $65,960
Baton Rouge, LA 110 0.29 1.96 $18.72 $38,930




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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,920 0.30 2.06 $47.46 $98,720
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,490 0.56 3.82 $41.02 $85,320
Urban Honolulu, HI 100 0.23 1.54 $33.87 $70,440
Columbus, OH 180 0.17 1.13 $33.58 $69,850
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 50 0.04 0.28 $33.13 $68,900
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 590 0.19 1.27 $33.03 $68,700
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA (8) (8) (8) $31.82 $66,190
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 350 0.29 1.97 $31.71 $65,960
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 250 0.24 1.65 $31.33 $65,160
Oklahoma City, OK 160 0.26 1.76 $30.43 $63,290

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)
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 2.46 (8) (8)

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)
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 2.46 (8) (8)


About May 2019 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.

(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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020