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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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

Operate television, video, or film camera to record images or scenes for television, video, or film productions.


National estimates for Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film
Industry profile for Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film
Geographic profile for Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film

National estimates for Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
20,280 13.5 % $ 29.69 $ 61,740 2.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.50 $ 18.48 $ 23.67 $ 37.15 $ 48.74
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,160 $ 38,430 $ 49,230 $ 77,270 $ 101,380


Industry profile for Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 7,660 2.43 $ 33.47 $ 69,620
Radio and Television Broadcasting 3,350 1.76 $ 24.26 $ 50,460
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 950 1.99 $ 30.45 $ 63,340
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 790 0.18 $ 25.90 $ 53,870
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 590 0.08 $ 24.01 $ 49,940

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 7,660 2.43 $ 33.47 $ 69,620
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 950 1.99 $ 30.45 $ 63,340
Radio and Television Broadcasting 3,350 1.76 $ 24.26 $ 50,460
Sound Recording Industries 150 0.86 (8) (8)
Spectator Sports 420 0.37 $ 19.09 $ 39,720

Top paying industries for Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 40 0.05 $ 45.25 $ 94,120
Employment Services 570 0.02 $ 40.51 $ 84,260
Scientific Research and Development Services 50 0.01 $ 39.53 $ 82,220
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 280 0.01 $ 36.93 $ 76,800
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) (8) (8) $ 33.64 $ 69,970


Geographic profile for Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film:

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



Map of employment of camera operators, television, video, and film by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,360 0.32 2.25 $ 30.63 $ 63,700
New York 1,520 0.18 1.22 $ 43.71 $ 90,920
Georgia 1,170 0.27 1.86 $ 26.55 $ 55,210
Texas 1,170 0.10 0.66 $ 31.13 $ 64,750
Florida 970 0.11 0.78 $ 27.40 $ 56,990


Map of location quotient of camera operators, television, video, and film by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 330 0.50 3.51 $ 39.48 $ 82,110
Vermont 110 0.38 2.66 $ 21.54 $ 44,810
California 5,360 0.32 2.25 $ 30.63 $ 63,700
Connecticut 470 0.30 2.09 $ 35.53 $ 73,910
Georgia 1,170 0.27 1.86 $ 26.55 $ 55,210


Map of annual mean wages of camera operators, television, video, and film by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 690 0.18 1.24 $ 45.59 $ 94,830
New York 1,520 0.18 1.22 $ 43.71 $ 90,920
District of Columbia 330 0.50 3.51 $ 39.48 $ 82,110
Connecticut 470 0.30 2.09 $ 35.53 $ 73,910
Washington 470 0.15 1.02 $ 34.40 $ 71,550



Map of employment of camera operators, television, video, and film by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film:

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 1,710 0.20 1.37 $ 45.33 $ 94,290
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,010 0.39 2.72 $ 27.26 $ 56,700
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 610 0.24 1.64 $ 24.97 $ 51,930
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 560 0.19 1.31 $ 36.46 $ 75,850
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 430 0.17 1.20 $ 27.84 $ 57,900
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 320 0.14 0.99 $ 33.64 $ 69,970
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 300 0.11 0.80 $ 24.20 $ 50,340
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 300 0.08 0.58 $ 33.06 $ 68,770
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 260 0.23 1.62 $ 31.11 $ 64,720
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 260 0.18 1.22 $ 29.10 $ 60,530


Map of location quotient of camera operators, television, video, and film by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 90 0.75 5.21 $ 20.99 $ 43,660
Missoula, MT 40 0.75 5.18 $ 15.52 $ 32,270
Monroe, LA 40 0.53 3.66 $ 15.06 $ 31,310
Portland-South Portland, ME 80 0.40 2.77 $ 20.64 $ 42,930
Albuquerque, NM 140 0.39 2.72 $ 15.59 $ 32,430
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,010 0.39 2.72 $ 27.26 $ 56,700
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 140 0.27 1.89 $ 25.71 $ 53,470
Knoxville, TN 100 0.26 1.80 $ 28.47 $ 59,220
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 610 0.24 1.64 $ 24.97 $ 51,930
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 260 0.23 1.62 $ 31.11 $ 64,720


Map of annual mean wages of camera operators, television, video, and film by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film:

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 1,710 0.20 1.37 $ 45.33 $ 94,290
Austin-Round Rock, TX 250 0.23 1.61 $ 38.66 $ 80,410
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 560 0.19 1.31 $ 36.46 $ 75,850
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA (8) (8) (8) $ 36.34 $ 75,580
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 30 0.10 0.67 $ 34.82 $ 72,430
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 40 0.10 0.71 $ 34.15 $ 71,030
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 320 0.14 0.99 $ 33.64 $ 69,970
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 300 0.08 0.58 $ 33.06 $ 68,770
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (8) (8) (8) $ 32.74 $ 68,100
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 100 0.08 0.53 $ 32.72 $ 68,060


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022