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Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers

At a Glance

  • Work on still, video, movie, and TV cameras
  • May specialize in a type of camera or an area of repair
  • Work with customers
  • May work evenings and weekends
  • Train on the job

Career summary

Camera and photographic equipment repairers fix and adjust cameras and related equipment.

Repairers may work on the following types of cameras:

They also work on lenses, projectors, light meters, and a variety of less common photo equipment.

Repairers review the service order to find out what is wrong. They may refer to diagrams or other instructions provided by the manufacturer. They also inspect the item to find the damage or take it apart to look for broken parts. They make repairs, or clean and lubricate the parts. They often order new parts or search for parts from older equipment. They reassemble the equipment and adjust it.

Repairers use a variety of hand tools, including lathes, millers, and grinders. They also use precision tools for detailed repairs.

Related careers

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster of careers.

Related careers include:

Military careers

Job duties

Task list

The following list of tasks is specific to camera and photographic equipment repairers.

Common work activities

Camera and photographic equipment repairers perform the following tasks. These tasks are common to many careers.

Work requirements

Working conditions

In a typical work setting, camera and photographic equipment repairers:

Interpersonal relationships

Physical work conditions

Work performance


Physical demands

Camera and photographic equipment repairers frequently:

It is important for camera and photographic equipment repairers to be able to:

It is not as important, but still necessary, for camera and photographic equipment repairers to be able to:

Skills and abilities

Camera and photographic equipment repairers need to:


Reason and problem solve

Manage oneself, people, time, and things

Work with things

Perceive and visualize

Education and training

Educational programs

The programs of study listed below will help you prepare for the occupation or career cluster you are exploring.

Programs of study directly related to this occupation

Other programs of study to consider


To work as a camera and photographic equipment repairer, you typically need to:

Education after high school

Some camera and photographic equipment repairers complete a formal training program in electronics. Professional-technical schools and two-year colleges offer electronics programs. You receive a certificate or associate degree when you complete the program.

On-the-job training

Beginning repairers receive on-the-job training. Training typically lasts at least one year. You usually begin as a helper. As you progress, you work on more complex tasks. Training includes:

Equipment manufacturers also provide training for repairers.

Military training

Some branches of the military train people to be precision instrument and equipment repairers. This military occupation includes camera repairers. Training lasts nine to 34 weeks, depending on your specialty. Further training occurs on the job.

Helpful high school courses

You should take a general high school curriculum that meets the state's graduation requirements (external link). You will be required to take both math and science classes to graduate.

Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this career include:

Many camera and photographic equipment repairers are self-employed. If you want to run your own business some day, you should consider taking these courses as well:

The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.

You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.

Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career. Here are examples of activities and groups (PDF file) that may be available in your high school or community.

Things to know

Employers prefer to hire qualified repairers with three to five years of experience. For repairers without experience, employers look for knowledge of electronics. They also look for mechanical aptitude and the ability to understand technical manuals and blueprints.

Photographic equipment repair is precise, detail-oriented work. Employers look for trainees who are patient and persistent. In addition, repairers who work with customers must be able to communicate well and get along with people.


Repairers of digital cameras need to be familiar with specialized tools, and test and calibration equipment.

#Comments on knowledge needed for digital camera repair from Sanford Camera Repair web site 4/21/06 (http://www.sanfordcamerarepair.com/digital-cameras.html). (external link)

Costs to workers

Workers must supply their own tools, except for larger tools. Cost varies depending on specialty.

Job listings

Listed below are links to job categories from the National Labor Exchange that relate to this career. Once you get a list of jobs, you can view information about individual jobs and find out how to apply. If your job search finds too many openings, or if you wish to search for jobs outside of Washington, you will need to refine your search.

To get a listing of current jobs from the WorkSource system, go to the WorkSource website (external link).


The minimum wage for Washington State as of January 1, 2020 is $13.50 per hour. Some areas of the state may have a higher minimum wage.


Camera and photographic equipment repairers (SOC 49-9061)

Pay Period
    Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Hourly $15.55 $17.21 $19.67 $22.48 $24.21
Monthly $2,695 $2,982 $3,409 $3,896 $4,196
Yearly $32,343 $35,801 $40,915 $46,760 $50,361
United States Hourly $11.88 $14.60 $19.53 $24.36 $29.95
Monthly $2,059 $2,530 $3,385 $4,222 $5,190
Yearly $24,710 $30,360 $40,620 $50,670 $62,300

Wages vary by the type of equipment repaired, the worker's level of experience, and the speed at which they work.

Camera and photographic equipment repairers who work full time usually receive benefits. Typical benefits include sick leave, paid vacation, and health insurance. Those who are self-employed must provide their own insurance.

Employment and outlook

Washington outlook


The table below provides information about the number of workers in this career in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers (SOC 49-9061)

Location Current employment Growth over 10 years Annual openings
Washington 25 20.0% 16.1% 3
    King County 12 16.7% 19.6% 1
United States 4,300 0.0% 5.2% 400

National employment

About 11% of camera and photographic equipment repairers are self-employed.

Major employers:

National outlook

There is little job growth expected in this occupation. Demand is limited as fewer people own cameras. This is because many phones now have good cameras built in. Also, digital cameras are less expensive and easy to replace rather then repair. However, people who own expensive cameras will get them repaired.

Despite limited growth, openings will occur as current workers leave this occupation.

Other resources

Society of Photo-Technologist International (external link)
11112 South Spotted Road
Cheney, WA 99004
Washington Business Week (external link)
PO Box 1170
Renton, WA 98057


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