Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
21,710 3.7 % $30.38 $63,200 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.95 $18.06 $26.48 $37.21 $52.50
Annual Wage (2) $26,940 $37,570 $55,080 $77,410 $109,200


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 10,300 2.44 $33.10 $68,840
Radio and Television Broadcasting 5,250 2.39 $26.89 $55,930
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 910 1.60 (8) (8)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 540 0.08 $25.01 $52,020
Local Government (OES Designation) 510 0.01 $20.70 $43,060

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 10,300 2.44 $33.10 $68,840
Radio and Television Broadcasting 5,250 2.39 $26.89 $55,930
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 910 1.60 (8) (8)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 280 0.52 $43.70 $90,900
Spectator Sports 200 0.14 $24.32 $50,590

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 280 0.52 $43.70 $90,900
Other Information Services 160 0.06 $37.65 $78,320
Employment Services 440 0.01 $37.23 $77,450
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 430 0.05 $34.73 $72,240
Motion Picture and Video Industries 10,300 2.44 $33.10 $68,840


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 6,960 0.44 2.82 $36.32 $75,550
New York 1,620 0.18 1.15 $39.80 $82,780
Texas 1,330 0.11 0.73 $26.64 $55,400
Florida 880 0.11 0.69 $25.18 $52,360
District of Columbia 730 1.04 6.69 $41.93 $87,220




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 730 1.04 6.69 $41.93 $87,220
California 6,960 0.44 2.82 $36.32 $75,550
Nevada 450 0.35 2.29 (8) (8)
Vermont 90 0.30 1.92 $16.59 $34,500
New Hampshire 180 0.28 1.78 $18.80 $39,100




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 730 1.04 6.69 $41.93 $87,220
New York 1,620 0.18 1.15 $39.80 $82,780
California 6,960 0.44 2.82 $36.32 $75,550
Oregon 100 0.06 0.36 $31.67 $65,880
Washington 260 0.08 0.54 $31.25 $65,000





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 6,110 1.45 9.37 $36.49 $75,910
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,430 0.22 1.40 (8) (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 830 0.33 2.16 $41.24 $85,780
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 430 0.46 2.95 $32.83 $68,290
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 350 0.10 0.63 $26.36 $54,830
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 350 0.15 0.94 $25.58 $53,200
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 320 0.18 1.15 $31.89 $66,330
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 290 0.10 0.64 $29.67 $61,700
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 280 0.25 1.63 $30.35 $63,130
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 280 0.11 0.72 $21.70 $45,140




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 6,110 1.45 9.37 $36.49 $75,910
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 430 0.46 2.95 $32.83 $68,290
Sioux Falls, SD 60 0.38 2.47 $14.39 $29,930
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 50 0.37 2.39 $17.91 $37,250
Baton Rouge, LA 130 0.34 2.20 $29.42 $61,200
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 830 0.33 2.16 $41.24 $85,780
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 180 0.32 2.07 $21.68 $45,090
Portland-South Portland, ME 60 0.31 1.98 $15.38 $31,990
Urban Honolulu, HI 140 0.31 1.98 $21.33 $44,370
Lincoln, NE 50 0.30 1.93 $15.90 $33,080




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)
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.06 0.38 $42.69 $88,790
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 830 0.33 2.16 $41.24 $85,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,110 1.45 9.37 $36.49 $75,910
Columbia, SC 50 0.13 0.81 $34.24 $71,220
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 130 0.11 0.70 $33.27 $69,200
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 90 0.08 0.48 $32.85 $68,340
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 430 0.46 2.95 $32.83 $68,290
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.20 $32.76 $68,130
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 220 0.14 0.88 $32.73 $68,070
Boise City, ID (8) (8) (8) $32.58 $67,780

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)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 2.07 $14.39 $29,930

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)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 2.07 $14.39 $29,930

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)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 2.07 $14.39 $29,930


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017