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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
Northwest Minnesota 407$28.51/hr$14.31/hr$17.31/hr$21.91/hr$31.14/hr$44.93/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities80$29.95/hr
Professional and Business Services670$23.20/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other Services50$15.77/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/A23.3%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 10$14.64/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 10$21.91/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 20$28.15/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 30$27.29/hr25.2%
Rochester MN MSA 30$28.37/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 30$22.23/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 30$21.91/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 40$15.74/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 40$21.91/hr29.1%
Southeast Minnesota 50$25.66/hr19.2%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 60$18.43/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 70$22.32/hr23.2%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 660$23.74/hr7.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 700$23.66/hrN/A
Minnesota 960$25.22/hr11.4%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators 110N/A8.0%
Desktop Publishers 330$24.19/hr-16.7%
Graphic Designers 5,400$30.18/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.