Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

27-4021 Photographers

Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.


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)
48,660 2.3 % $20.50 $42,640 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.19 $11.29 $16.38 $25.10 $36.65
Annual Wage (2) $19,110 $23,480 $34,070 $52,220 $76,220


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 28,460 4.20 $18.59 $38,660
Radio and Television Broadcasting 3,510 1.60 $23.67 $49,230
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,120 0.82 $22.44 $46,670
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,470 0.35 $33.35 $69,370
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 1,130 0.31 $21.44 $44,600

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 28,460 4.20 $18.59 $38,660
Radio and Television Broadcasting 3,510 1.60 $23.67 $49,230
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 530 0.98 $25.40 $52,830
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 3,120 0.82 $22.44 $46,670
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,470 0.35 $33.35 $69,370

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,470 0.35 $33.35 $69,370
Printing and Related Support Activities 80 0.02 $29.86 $62,110
Scientific Research and Development Services 140 0.02 $29.57 $61,500
Local Government (OES Designation) 260 (7) $28.60 $59,490
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 100 0.01 $28.09 $58,430


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 6,630 0.41 1.20 $24.56 $51,080
New York 3,830 0.42 1.21 $29.58 $61,530
Florida 3,680 0.45 1.29 $20.53 $42,710
Texas 3,040 0.26 0.75 $21.15 $43,990
Illinois 2,000 0.34 0.98 $18.24 $37,930




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)
Hawaii 440 0.69 1.99 $18.99 $39,500
Nevada 740 0.58 1.68 $17.72 $36,850
Utah 680 0.49 1.42 $15.62 $32,490
Florida 3,680 0.45 1.29 $20.53 $42,710
Oklahoma 690 0.44 1.26 $15.19 $31,590




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 180 0.25 0.73 $30.65 $63,750
New York 3,830 0.42 1.21 $29.58 $61,530
Massachusetts 1,210 0.35 1.01 $28.91 $60,130
California 6,630 0.41 1.20 $24.56 $51,080
Connecticut 610 0.36 1.05 $22.65 $47,100





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 3,270 0.50 1.43 $28.91 $60,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,900 0.69 1.98 $28.73 $59,750
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,450 1.24 3.58 $16.51 $34,350
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.36 1.03 $19.49 $40,540
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 940 0.37 1.06 $20.79 $43,240
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 870 0.55 1.57 $23.41 $48,690
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 760 0.48 1.40 $26.74 $55,610
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 740 0.25 0.73 (8) (8)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 700 0.37 1.05 $22.61 $47,030
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 670 0.37 1.07 $32.10 $66,760




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)
Longview, TX 130 1.33 3.84 (8) (8)
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,450 1.24 3.58 $16.51 $34,350
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 170 1.12 3.23 $9.81 $20,400
Santa Fe, NM 60 1.02 2.95 (8) (8)
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 70 0.90 2.59 (8) (8)
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 60 0.88 2.53 $18.38 $38,230
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 210 0.85 2.45 $13.93 $28,980
Rockford, IL 120 0.81 2.33 $12.99 $27,020
Urban Honolulu, HI 350 0.76 2.19 (8) (8)
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 670 0.72 2.07 $17.79 $37,000