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Occupational Employment Statistics


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.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Central Minnesota 407$26.46/hr$15.31/hr$18.71/hr$22.83/hr$24.98/hr$39.61/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities30$31.21/hr
Professional and Business Services620$23.69/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Leisure and Hospitality10$38.86/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 10$21.72/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 10$23.49/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 20$23.05/hr23.3%
Southwest Minnesota 20$19.40/hr25.2%
Rochester MN MSA 20$24.64/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 20$23.18/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 20$23.03/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 30$23.18/hr29.1%
Southeast Minnesota 30$24.39/hr19.2%
Central Minnesota 40$22.83/hr23.2%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 40$15.32/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 50$24.32/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 600$24.98/hr7.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 630$24.59/hrN/A
Minnesota 800$24.57/hr11.4%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators 90$36.44/hr8.0%
Desktop Publishers 270$24.89/hr-16.7%
Graphic Designers 4,950$30.59/hr-0.5%

  • Use traditional or digital cameras, along with a variety of equipment, such as tripods, filters, and flash attachments.
  • Determine desired images and picture composition, selecting and adjusting subjects, equipment, and lighting to achieve desired effects.
  • Set up, mount, or install photographic equipment and cameras.
  • Determine project goals, locations, and equipment needs by studying assignments and consulting with clients or advertising staff.
  • Review sets of photographs to select the best work.
  • Manipulate and enhance scanned or digital images to create desired effects, using computers and specialized software.
  • Transfer photographs to computers for editing, archiving, and electronic transmission.
  • Create artificial light, using flashes and reflectors.
  • Test equipment prior to use to ensure that it is in good working order.
  • Test equipment prior to use to ensure that it is in good working order.