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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
50,620 2.3 % $21.85 $45,440 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.92 $12.09 $17.44 $27.53 $38.19
Annual Wage (2) $20,630 $25,150 $36,280 $57,250 $79,440


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 29,230 3.89 $19.73 $41,040
Radio and Television Broadcasting 3,630 1.69 $25.01 $52,020
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 1,970 0.65 $25.40 $52,820
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,910 0.45 $34.46 $71,670
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 1,100 0.28 $23.33 $48,520

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 29,230 3.89 $19.73 $41,040
Radio and Television Broadcasting 3,630 1.69 $25.01 $52,020
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 880 1.65 $22.20 $46,170
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 1,970 0.65 $25.40 $52,820
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,910 0.45 $34.46 $71,670

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 60 0.01 $41.86 $87,070
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 500 0.10 $34.58 $71,930
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,910 0.45 $34.46 $71,670
Other Information Services 410 0.13 $33.44 $69,560
Residential Building Construction (8) (8) $33.04 $68,730


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 6,600 0.38 1.10 $26.19 $54,470
Florida 4,790 0.54 1.58 $15.46 $32,150
New York 4,680 0.49 1.43 $31.28 $65,070
Texas 3,300 0.27 0.77 $24.41 $50,770
Illinois 2,460 0.41 1.18 $19.03 $39,590




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)
Nevada 1,100 0.79 2.29 $14.34 $29,820
Hawaii 430 0.68 1.98 $21.05 $43,780
District of Columbia 440 0.61 1.78 $42.94 $89,310
Rhode Island 280 0.59 1.70 $28.10 $58,460
Florida 4,790 0.54 1.58 $15.46 $32,150




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 440 0.61 1.78 $42.94 $89,310
New York 4,680 0.49 1.43 $31.28 $65,070
Minnesota 730 0.25 0.73 $29.04 $60,410
Massachusetts 1,190 0.33 0.95 $28.39 $59,060
Rhode Island 280 0.59 1.70 $28.10 $58,460





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,870 0.50 1.46 $30.70 $63,850
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,500 0.56 1.63 $28.52 $59,330
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,150 0.46 1.34 $18.65 $38,790
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,570 0.57 1.66 $23.43 $48,730
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,480 1.15 3.33 $12.56 $26,120
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,210 0.33 0.96 (8) (8)
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,080 0.41 1.19 $19.50 $40,570
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,010 0.36 1.04 $28.47 $59,220
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 970 0.96 2.77 $14.57 $30,290
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 910 0.37 1.07 $29.58 $61,530




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 1,480 1.15 3.33 $12.56 $26,120
Hammond, LA 40 0.99 2.88 $12.24 $25,460
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 970 0.96 2.77 $14.57 $30,290
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 70 0.96 2.79 $17.79 $37,000
Asheville, NC 140 0.72 2.10 $13.64 $28,370
Urban Honolulu, HI 330 0.71 2.07 $22.66 $47,130
Rockford, IL 100 0.69 2.00 $13.40 $27,860
Springfield, MO 140 0.68 1.98 $13.91 $28,940
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 90 0.67 1.96 (8) (8)
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 220 0.66 1.92 $15.87 $33,010