Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
16,680 4.7 % $16.78 $34,910 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.12 $11.49 $14.03 $19.03 $25.58
Annual Wage (2) $21,050 $23,900 $29,180 $39,580 $53,200


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)
Other Personal Services 4,140 1.21 $15.61 $32,470
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 3,430 0.47 $16.12 $33,530
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,260 0.12 $15.52 $32,290
Motion Picture and Video Industries 630 0.15 (8) (8)
Printing and Related Support Activities 500 0.11 $18.15 $37,760

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 Personal Services 4,140 1.21 $15.61 $32,470
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media 80 0.59 $18.83 $39,160
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 3,430 0.47 $16.12 $33,530
Motion Picture and Video Industries 630 0.15 (8) (8)
Specialized Design Services 180 0.13 $23.48 $48,830

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 140 0.01 $26.63 $55,390
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 130 (7) $24.05 $50,020
Specialized Design Services 180 0.13 $23.48 $48,830
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 90 0.03 $22.72 $47,260
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 40 (7) $22.07 $45,900


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 2,650 0.16 1.35 $22.77 $47,360
Tennessee 1,220 0.41 3.58 $12.41 $25,820
New York 1,160 0.12 1.07 $21.78 $45,300
Florida 920 0.11 0.93 $15.83 $32,930
Texas 800 0.07 0.57 $14.63 $30,420




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 1,220 0.41 3.58 $12.41 $25,820
Minnesota 720 0.25 2.18 $17.09 $35,540
Missouri 600 0.21 1.84 $16.69 $34,720
Wisconsin 500 0.18 1.52 $14.51 $30,180
Oklahoma 290 0.18 1.60 $13.27 $27,590




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,650 0.16 1.35 $22.77 $47,360
New York 1,160 0.12 1.07 $21.78 $45,300
Idaho 40 0.06 0.52 $21.58 $44,880
Louisiana 90 0.05 0.40 $21.29 $44,280
Oregon 230 0.12 1.07 $19.02 $39,570





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,320 0.14 1.21 $21.04 $43,760
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,020 0.17 1.45 $25.47 $52,970
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 620 0.32 2.74 $16.95 $35,250
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 480 0.17 1.47 $12.32 $25,630
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 420 0.09 0.79 $18.59 $38,660
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 390 0.11 0.95 $14.11 $29,340
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 380 0.16 1.37 $25.46 $52,950
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 370 0.19 1.63 $15.03 $31,250
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 240 0.09 0.76 $17.35 $36,090
Kansas City, MO-KS 220 0.21 1.83 $15.76 $32,780




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)
Cleveland, TN 90 2.03 17.60 $11.59 $24,110
Mansfield, OH 100 1.95 16.95 $12.27 $25,510
Bowling Green, KY 40 0.49 4.26 $10.94 $22,750
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 110 0.48 4.19 $15.05 $31,290
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 40 0.45 3.92 $11.93 $24,810
Oklahoma City, OK 210 0.35 3.01 $13.10 $27,240
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 620 0.32 2.74 $16.95 $35,250
Jacksonville, FL 220 0.32 2.76 $17.96 $37,360
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 220 0.29 2.54 $11.56 $24,040
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 100 0.28 2.47 $12.42 $25,830




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-Anaheim, CA 1,020 0.17 1.45 $25.47 $52,970
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 380 0.16 1.37 $25.46 $52,950
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 110 0.09 0.78 $23.00 $47,840
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 40 0.13 1.09 $21.99 $45,750
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 60 0.03 0.28 $21.11 $43,910
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,320 0.14 1.21 $21.04 $43,760
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 180 0.06 0.50 $20.19 $41,990
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $19.35 $40,240
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 80 0.04 0.34 $19.07 $39,670
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 80 0.06 0.48 $19.03 $39,590

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.15 1.34 $17.58 $36,570

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.15 1.34 $17.58 $36,570

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.15 1.34 $17.58 $36,570


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019