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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
22,450 3.5 % $15.80 $32,870 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.86 $11.01 $13.21 $17.72 $23.97
Annual Wage (2) $20,500 $22,900 $27,480 $36,860 $49,870


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)
General Merchandise Stores 7,390 0.23 $14.53 $30,210
Other Personal Services 3,930 1.21 $14.81 $30,810
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 3,640 0.52 $15.65 $32,550
Health and Personal Care Stores 2,130 0.20 $13.95 $29,020
Motion Picture and Video Industries 870 0.20 (8) (8)

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 3,930 1.21 $14.81 $30,810
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 100 0.76 $18.79 $39,090
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 3,640 0.52 $15.65 $32,550
General Merchandise Stores 7,390 0.23 $14.53 $30,210
Motion Picture and Video Industries 870 0.20 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialized Design Services 180 0.13 $25.17 $52,350
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 170 0.03 $24.50 $50,960
Management of Companies and Enterprises 150 0.01 $23.94 $49,780
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 130 (7) $23.18 $48,210
Scientific Research and Development Services 70 0.01 $22.33 $46,450


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 3,450 0.21 1.31 $20.83 $43,320
Tennessee 1,610 0.55 3.50 $13.22 $27,490
New York 1,490 0.16 1.03 $20.00 $41,600
Florida 1,340 0.16 1.01 $13.98 $29,090
Texas 1,110 0.09 0.59 $14.55 $30,260




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)
Tennessee 1,610 0.55 3.50 $13.22 $27,490
Missouri 690 0.25 1.57 $15.94 $33,150
Rhode Island 110 0.24 1.53 $13.12 $27,290
Minnesota 660 0.23 1.47 $14.34 $29,820
Indiana 640 0.21 1.36 $12.02 $24,990




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,450 0.21 1.31 $20.83 $43,320
Idaho 70 0.10 0.66 $20.37 $42,370
New York 1,490 0.16 1.03 $20.00 $41,600
Louisiana 150 0.08 0.50 $18.59 $38,670
Oregon 250 0.14 0.88 $17.80 $37,030



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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 1,260 0.19 1.20 $20.50 $42,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 940 0.21 1.34 $26.25 $54,600
Chattanooga, TN-GA 630 2.63 16.67 $13.19 $27,440
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 510 0.27 1.69 $14.41 $29,980
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 400 0.11 0.69 $18.54 $38,560
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 380 0.35 2.22 $18.31 $38,080
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 370 0.15 0.95 $14.87 $30,930
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 360 0.14 0.88 $13.77 $28,640
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 330 0.36 2.31 $11.21 $23,310
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.17 1.10 $21.30 $44,310


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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 630 2.63 16.67 $13.19 $27,440
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 250 2.57 16.31 $15.23 $31,680
Cleveland, TN 90 2.04 12.97 $11.42 $23,750
Mansfield, OH 50 1.07 6.82 $16.43 $34,180
Fond du Lac, WI 30 0.66 4.21 $16.35 $34,010
Port St. Lucie, FL 80 0.57 3.60 $14.18 $29,490
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 140 0.46 2.93 $13.05 $27,140
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 150 0.42 2.66 $12.84 $26,700
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 30 0.39 2.49 $13.66 $28,410
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 30 0.37 2.38 $11.60 $24,130


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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 Orleans-Metairie, LA 30 0.06 0.38 $29.68 $61,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 940 0.21 1.34 $26.25 $54,600
Boise City, ID 40 0.12 0.75 $23.61 $49,120
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $23.28 $48,410
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 130 0.13 0.81 $21.95 $45,660
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.17 1.10 $21.30 $44,310
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,260 0.19 1.20 $20.50 $42,650
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 120 0.11 0.67 $20.40 $42,430
Reno, NV 70 0.31 1.98 $19.43 $40,410
Trenton, NJ 70 0.31 1.96 $19.11 $39,740

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)
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 1.90 $12.28 $25,550
Southeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 2.56 $15.49 $32,220
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.35 $13.59 $28,260
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.14 0.86 $15.80 $32,870

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)
Southeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 2.56 $15.49 $32,220
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 1.90 $12.28 $25,550
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.35 $13.59 $28,260
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.14 0.86 $15.80 $32,870

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.14 0.86 $15.80 $32,870
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) (8) (8) (8) $15.55 $32,340
Southeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 2.56 $15.49 $32,220
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.35 $13.59 $28,260
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 1.90 $12.28 $25,550


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018