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
Southeast Minnesota 409$26.14/hr$12.03/hr$17.29/hr$23.04/hr$36.21/hr$45.33/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities50$32.61/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services480$23.82/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Leisure and Hospitality10$28.76/hr
Other ServicesN/A$18.27/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota 10$20.84/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 10$16.84/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 10$16.84/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 20$21.93/hr-8.7%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20N/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA 30$19.54/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 40$22.03/hr-22.0%
Southeast Minnesota 40$23.04/hr-9.5%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 40$16.17/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 50$18.25/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 570$31.50/hr-14.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 660$27.05/hrN/A
Minnesota 730$25.35/hr-14.7%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators N/A$27.21/hr4.6%
Desktop Publishers 410$24.42/hr-13.4%
Special Effects Artists and Animators 220$29.88/hr5.2%

  • 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.
  • Test equipment prior to use to ensure that it is in good working order.
  • Create artificial light, using flashes and reflectors.
  • Manipulate and enhance scanned or digital images to create desired effects, using computers and specialized software.
  • Select and assemble equipment and required background properties, according to subjects, materials, and conditions.
  • Transfer photographs to computers for editing, archiving, and electronic transmission.