Freelance Photographer Salary

An average Freelance Photographer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $24.87 per hour. Pay ranges from $12.63 per hour on the low end to $104.85610261970423 on the high end. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to less than one-tenth, and fewer than one in ten earn vision coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$18,879 - $74,750
(Median)
$19K
$31K
$75K
MEDIAN: $30,805
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$12.63 - $104.86
(Median)
$13
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$100
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$18,879 - $74,750  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,241  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$21,394 - $208,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$12.63 - $104.86  
   
Overtime
$9.88 - $60.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,241  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$21,394 - $208,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 104
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Job Description for Freelance Photographer

Freelance photographers usually find that the job has two sides, a creative side that involves the photography of subjects and a business side. Most photographers find the creative elements of the job to be rewarding enough to be willing to endure the vagaries and hassles of the business side. Most photographers will specialize somewhat in the subject matter they shoot. This specialty is usually based upon the aptitude and interest of the photographer. For instance, some photographers will work in nature and landscapes. Others will work in urban settings or portraiture. Some may specialize in sports work.

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Freelance Photographer Tasks

  • Edit photos.
  • Determine and use the best photography equipment for the situation.
  • Perform photo shoots for clients.
  • Meet with clients to discuss needs.

Common Career Paths for Freelance Photographer


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Freelance Photographers who transition into a Fashion Photographer position may see pay fall slightly. Median compensation for Photographer, Fashions sits around the $45K per year mark. Many Freelance Photographers choose to become Photographers and Commercial Photographers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $18K less and $9K less, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Freelance Photographer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $40K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $51K. Freelance Photographers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $61K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $53K on average.

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Experience Affects Freelance Photographer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Late-Career
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 8%
dental benefits
Dental: 7%
medical benefits
Vision: 5%
dental benefits
None: 91%
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