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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators
Industry profile for Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators
Geographic profile for Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

National estimates for Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
8,880 8.2 % $ 18.94 $ 39,390 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.47 $ 13.53 $ 16.69 $ 23.01 $ 29.78
Annual Wage (2) $ 23,850 $ 28,140 $ 34,720 $ 47,870 $ 61,950


Industry profile for Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Personal Services 3,000 1.01 $ 18.98 $ 39,470
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 2,190 0.30 $ 17.76 $ 36,950
General Merchandise Stores 620 0.02 $ 19.37 $ 40,290
Health and Personal Care Stores 380 0.04 $ 13.89 $ 28,890
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 290 0.04 $ 19.67 $ 40,920

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Personal Services 3,000 1.01 $ 18.98 $ 39,470
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 90 0.78 $ 20.08 $ 41,780
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 2,190 0.30 $ 17.76 $ 36,950
Specialized Design Services 130 0.09 $ 20.65 $ 42,950
Printing and Related Support Activities 190 0.05 $ 18.64 $ 38,770

Top paying industries for Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 90 (7) $ 26.22 $ 54,530
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 40 0.01 $ 25.45 $ 52,950
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 100 (7) $ 24.64 $ 51,250
Motion Picture and Video Industries 160 0.05 $ 24.49 $ 50,930
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers (8) (8) $ 24.31 $ 50,570


Geographic profile for Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,890 0.11 1.80 $ 20.99 $ 43,660
Georgia 410 0.10 1.50 $ 14.20 $ 29,540
Illinois 400 0.07 1.10 $ 20.21 $ 42,030
New York 390 0.04 0.70 $ 23.42 $ 48,720
Texas 380 0.03 0.49 $ 15.45 $ 32,140




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 340 0.12 1.95 (8) (8)
California 1,890 0.11 1.80 $ 20.99 $ 43,660
Tennessee 300 0.10 1.63 $ 14.84 $ 30,860
Georgia 410 0.10 1.50 $ 14.20 $ 29,540
New Jersey 310 0.08 1.27 $ 18.21 $ 37,870




Top paying states for Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 390 0.04 0.70 $ 23.42 $ 48,720
Oregon 110 0.06 0.93 $ 21.84 $ 45,430
Missouri (8) (8) (8) $ 21.79 $ 45,320
California 1,890 0.11 1.80 $ 20.99 $ 43,660
Florida (8) (8) (8) $ 20.21 $ 42,030





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 610 0.10 1.64 $ 20.64 $ 42,920
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 610 0.07 1.08 $ 21.64 $ 45,020
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 360 0.08 1.28 $ 19.59 $ 40,740
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 300 0.11 1.78 $ 14.45 $ 30,050
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 290 0.16 2.49 (8) (8)
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 150 0.05 0.84 $ 16.58 $ 34,500
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 140 0.04 0.62 $ 15.01 $ 31,220
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 140 0.05 0.85 $ 21.81 $ 45,370
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 70 0.04 0.55 $ 20.75 $ 43,160
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 70 0.12 1.80 $ 13.02 $ 27,090




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 30 0.27 4.21 (8) (8)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 290 0.16 2.49 (8) (8)
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 70 0.12 1.80 $ 13.02 $ 27,090
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 300 0.11 1.78 $ 14.45 $ 30,050
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 610 0.10 1.64 $ 20.64 $ 42,920
Springfield, MA-CT 30 0.10 1.63 $ 14.05 $ 29,220
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 30 0.10 1.56 $ 17.31 $ 36,010
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 360 0.08 1.28 $ 19.59 $ 40,740
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 610 0.07 1.08 $ 21.64 $ 45,020
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 60 0.06 0.90 $ 17.55 $ 36,500




Top paying metropolitan areas for Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 60 0.06 0.86 $ 27.25 $ 56,680
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 25.74 $ 53,550
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 24.76 $ 51,490
St. Louis, MO-IL (8) (8) (8) $ 23.49 $ 48,870
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 50 0.04 0.58 $ 22.25 $ 46,280
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 140 0.05 0.85 $ 21.81 $ 45,370
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 610 0.07 1.08 $ 21.64 $ 45,020
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 40 0.02 0.33 $ 21.56 $ 44,840
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 70 0.04 0.55 $ 20.75 $ 43,160
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC (8) (8) (8) $ 20.66 $ 42,980


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.

(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 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