Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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 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)
26,430 3.8 % $15.26 $31,740 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.52 $10.63 $12.73 $17.29 $23.09
Annual Wage (2) $19,790 $22,100 $26,470 $35,970 $48,030


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 General Merchandise Stores 6,620 0.35 $14.41 $29,960
Other Personal Services 4,450 1.42 $14.86 $30,900
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 4,020 0.59 $14.86 $30,910
Health and Personal Care Stores 2,910 0.28 $13.34 $27,750
Department Stores 1,860 0.14 $13.15 $27,350

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 Personal Services 4,450 1.42 $14.86 $30,900
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 110 0.70 $18.48 $38,440
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 4,020 0.59 $14.86 $30,910
Other General Merchandise Stores 6,620 0.35 $14.41 $29,960
Health and Personal Care Stores 2,910 0.28 $13.34 $27,750

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 70 0.02 $24.13 $50,180
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 130 0.03 $23.26 $48,370
Local Government (OES Designation) 150 (7) $23.05 $47,940
Scientific Research and Development Services 30 0.01 $22.87 $47,560
Specialized Design Services 180 0.13 $21.43 $44,580


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 3,520 0.22 1.17 $19.74 $41,060
Florida 1,960 0.24 1.27 $13.12 $27,300
Tennessee 1,930 0.67 3.54 $12.92 $26,870
New York 1,660 0.18 0.97 $18.78 $39,070
Virginia 1,330 0.35 1.88 $14.61 $30,380




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)
Tennessee 1,930 0.67 3.54 $12.92 $26,870
Alaska 120 0.36 1.91 $18.84 $39,190
Virginia 1,330 0.35 1.88 $14.61 $30,380
Rhode Island 160 0.33 1.74 $12.68 $26,370
Hawaii 200 0.31 1.64 $14.85 $30,890




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,520 0.22 1.17 $19.74 $41,060
Alaska 120 0.36 1.91 $18.84 $39,190
New York 1,660 0.18 0.97 $18.78 $39,070
Missouri 800 0.29 1.54 $17.98 $37,390
Louisiana 220 0.12 0.62 $17.77 $36,950





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 1,550 0.24 1.25 $18.26 $37,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 750 0.18 0.95 $25.47 $52,970
Chattanooga, TN-GA 630 2.67 14.17 (8) (8)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 540 0.15 0.79 $14.82 $30,820
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 510 0.20 1.05 $14.42 $29,990
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 460 0.39 2.09 $12.84 $26,720
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 390 0.16 0.83 $13.78 $28,670
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 330 0.38 2.00 $11.43 $23,770
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.21 1.13 $21.95 $45,660
St. Louis, MO-IL 310 0.23 1.24 $15.46 $32,160




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)
Chattanooga, TN-GA 630 2.67 14.17 (8) (8)
Anchorage, AK 100 0.57 3.05 $18.46 $38,400
Bowling Green, KY 40 0.55 2.91 $11.56 $24,040
Appleton, WI 60 0.52 2.76 (8) (8)
New Bedford, MA 30 0.51 2.69 $15.28 $31,770
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 50 0.51 2.72 $12.10 $25,170
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 140 0.49 2.59 $12.70 $26,410
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 170 0.48 2.54 $12.89 $26,820
Ann Arbor, MI 100 0.47 2.49 $15.56 $32,360
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 460 0.39 2.09 $12.84 $26,720




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 750 0.18 0.95 $25.47 $52,970
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 80 0.15 0.80 $25.17 $52,340
Kansas City, MO-KS (8) (8) (8) $23.63 $49,150
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.21 1.13 $21.95 $45,660
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 180 0.12 0.61 $20.22 $42,060
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 60 0.09 0.46 $19.82 $41,230
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 130 0.10 0.53 $19.49 $40,540
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $19.43 $40,420
Boise City, ID 40 0.14 0.72 $18.72 $38,930
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 220 0.21 1.12 $18.65 $38,800

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)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 160 0.47 2.50 (8) (8)
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.22 1.15 $13.35 $27,760
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 1.45 $11.29 $23,490
North Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 0.76 $16.37 $34,050
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 1.50 $13.41 $27,900

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)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 160 0.47 2.50 (8) (8)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 30 0.33 1.76 $15.77 $32,810
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 1.64 $18.47 $38,420
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.30 1.60 $12.43 $25,860
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 1.50 $13.41 $27,900

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)
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 1.64 $18.47 $38,420
North Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 0.76 $16.37 $34,050
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 30 0.33 1.76 $15.77 $32,810
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.14 0.74 $13.47 $28,020
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 1.50 $13.41 $27,900


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.

(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 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