Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

27-4031 Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture

Operate television, video, or motion picture camera to record images or scenes for various purposes, such as TV broadcasts, advertising, video production, or motion pictures.


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)
20,860 3.1 % $29.58 $61,530 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.30 $17.56 $25.74 $37.01 $49.51
Annual Wage (2) $25,580 $36,530 $53,550 $76,980 $102,980


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)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 9,150 2.14 $32.49 $67,580
Radio and Television Broadcasting 5,110 2.36 $26.05 $54,170
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,020 1.90 (8) (8)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 550 0.08 $26.61 $55,340
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 530 0.01 $20.40 $42,430

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Radio and Television Broadcasting 5,110 2.36 $26.05 $54,170
Motion Picture and Video Industries 9,150 2.14 $32.49 $67,580
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,020 1.90 (8) (8)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 340 0.66 (8) (8)
Spectator Sports 280 0.20 $24.61 $51,190

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 190 0.02 $42.28 $87,940
Other Information Services 140 0.05 $34.22 $71,170
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 330 0.02 $33.66 $70,020
Motion Picture and Video Industries 9,150 2.14 $32.49 $67,580
Employment Services 460 0.01 $32.24 $67,060


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 5,750 0.34 2.35 $36.07 $75,030
New York 1,680 0.18 1.25 $40.10 $83,410
Texas 1,200 0.10 0.69 $27.68 $57,580
Georgia 840 0.19 1.33 $27.91 $58,050
Pennsylvania 820 0.14 0.97 $21.54 $44,800




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)
District of Columbia 610 0.87 5.93 $42.64 $88,690
Nevada 460 0.35 2.38 $25.07 $52,150
California 5,750 0.34 2.35 $36.07 $75,030
Vermont 80 0.25 1.72 $18.79 $39,090
Connecticut 390 0.24 1.62 (8) (8)




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 610 0.87 5.93 $42.64 $88,690
New York 1,680 0.18 1.25 $40.10 $83,410
New Mexico 50 0.07 0.45 $36.85 $76,650
California 5,750 0.34 2.35 $36.07 $75,030
Washington 310 0.10 0.67 $30.24 $62,900



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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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,860 1.10 7.49 $36.90 $76,760
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,360 0.20 1.38 $40.64 $84,540
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 770 0.30 2.08 $40.52 $84,280
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 530 0.20 1.38 $30.26 $62,940
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 460 0.12 0.85 $25.82 $53,710
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 430 0.44 3.02 $25.51 $53,060
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 360 0.20 1.33 $30.47 $63,380
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 350 0.12 0.81 $30.48 $63,400
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 290 0.20 1.37 $32.37 $67,330
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 250 0.15 1.04 $31.51 $65,550


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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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,860 1.10 7.49 $36.90 $76,760
Missoula, MT 40 0.70 4.82 $19.18 $39,900
Portland-South Portland, ME 90 0.45 3.05 $17.38 $36,160
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 430 0.44 3.02 $25.51 $53,060
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 50 0.38 2.59 $19.64 $40,840
Lubbock, TX 50 0.35 2.37 $20.62 $42,900
Baton Rouge, LA 140 0.35 2.40 $29.46 $61,280
Fort Wayne, IN 70 0.33 2.23 $14.11 $29,350
Urban Honolulu, HI 140 0.31 2.13 $27.18 $56,540
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 770 0.30 2.08 $40.52 $84,280


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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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,360 0.20 1.38 $40.64 $84,540
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 770 0.30 2.08 $40.52 $84,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,860 1.10 7.49 $36.90 $76,760
Austin-Round Rock, TX 150 0.15 1.02 $32.89 $68,400
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.21 1.45 $32.73 $68,080
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 290 0.20 1.37 $32.37 $67,330
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 60 0.06 0.42 $31.77 $66,090
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 250 0.15 1.04 $31.51 $65,550
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 50 0.08 0.57 $31.36 $65,230
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 110 0.10 0.66 $31.12 $64,730


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.

(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