Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
49,320 2.0 % $20.17 $41,940 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.33 $11.15 $15.62 $24.43 $36.09
Annual Wage (2) $19,400 $23,190 $32,490 $50,820 $75,080


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 4.17 $18.61 $38,710
Radio and Television Broadcasting 3,500 1.62 $23.84 $49,580
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 2,610 0.74 $22.98 $47,810
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,690 0.40 $31.34 $65,200
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 1,140 0.29 $22.00 $45,760

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 4.17 $18.61 $38,710
Radio and Television Broadcasting 3,500 1.62 $23.84 $49,580
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 600 1.16 $19.73 $41,030
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 2,610 0.74 $22.98 $47,810
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,690 0.40 $31.34 $65,200

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 50 0.01 $37.00 $76,950
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,690 0.40 $31.34 $65,200
Printing and Related Support Activities 70 0.02 $30.75 $63,950
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 260 (7) $29.01 $60,340
Offices of Physicians 180 0.01 $28.24 $58,730


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 5,810 0.35 1.01 $23.88 $49,680
New York 4,270 0.46 1.34 (8) (8)
Florida 4,040 0.48 1.39 $20.35 $42,340
Texas 3,280 0.28 0.80 $21.48 $44,680
Illinois 2,540 0.43 1.24 $17.16 $35,700




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 410 0.65 1.87 $19.38 $40,310
Florida 4,040 0.48 1.39 $20.35 $42,340
Rhode Island 220 0.47 1.35 $25.23 $52,470
New York 4,270 0.46 1.34 (8) (8)
Nevada 590 0.45 1.31 $17.47 $36,340




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 260 0.36 1.05 $34.03 $70,790
Massachusetts 1,210 0.34 0.99 $27.99 $58,210
Rhode Island 220 0.47 1.35 $25.23 $52,470
California 5,810 0.35 1.01 $23.88 $49,680
New Mexico 250 0.31 0.91 $23.86 $49,630



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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 3,650 0.55 1.58 $26.36 $54,820
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,430 0.55 1.59 $28.59 $59,460
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,890 0.51 1.49 $17.65 $36,720
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,610 1.33 3.84 $15.81 $32,890
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,140 0.44 1.26 $18.37 $38,220
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 780 0.31 0.91 $16.55 $34,420
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 770 0.40 1.15 $23.57 $49,020
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 760 0.30 0.88 $21.43 $44,570
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 730 0.25 0.72 (8) (8)
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 720 0.39 1.14 $30.22 $62,860


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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)
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,610 1.33 3.84 $15.81 $32,890
Flagstaff, AZ 70 1.19 3.44 $11.84 $24,630
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 180 1.16 3.36 $11.49 $23,900
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 80 1.14 3.31 (8) (8)
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 60 0.85 2.47 $17.04 $35,450
Rapid City, SD 50 0.82 2.36 $13.91 $28,930
Santa Fe, NM 50 0.78 2.25 (8) (8)
Rockford, IL 110 0.74 2.14 $12.56 $26,130
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 220 0.74 2.15 $15.45 $32,130
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 40 0.70 2.03 $30.43 $63,290


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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)
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 40 0.70 2.03 $30.43 $63,290
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 720 0.39 1.14 $30.22 $62,860
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.32 0.91 $29.07 $60,460
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,430 0.55 1.59 $28.59 $59,460
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 30 0.30 0.87 $27.40 $56,980
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 190 0.26 0.75 $26.52 $55,170
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,650 0.55 1.58 $26.36 $54,820
Gainesville, FL (8) (8) (8) $25.98 $54,040
Worcester, MA-CT 60 0.23 0.66 $25.47 $52,990
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 50 0.37 1.06 $25.22 $52,460

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 120 0.51 1.48 $15.17 $31,560
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 90 1.16 3.36 $10.18 $21,170
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 60 0.33 0.97 $12.98 $26,990
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 60 0.55 1.59 $12.59 $26,190
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.23 0.66 $22.48 $46,770

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)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 90 1.16 3.36 $10.18 $21,170
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 50 0.63 1.81 $13.90 $28,920
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 60 0.55 1.59 $12.59 $26,190
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 120 0.51 1.48 $15.17 $31,560
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 1.13 $16.49 $34,310

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.23 0.66 $22.48 $46,770
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 0.39 $21.11 $43,910
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 30 0.29 0.84 $20.41 $42,450
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 0.86 $19.29 $40,130
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 30 0.16 0.48 $19.15 $39,830


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