Freelance Photographer Salary

Earnings for Freelance Photographers in the United States come in at around $25.36 per hour on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Freelance Photographers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Freelance Photographers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 69 percent. Less than one-tenth claim medical and dental insurance and fewer than one in ten get vision coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$12,108 - $58,175
$12K
$31K
$58K
MEDIAN: $30,723
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$11.84 - $100.22
$12
$25
$100
MEDIAN: $25.36
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$0$205K
Salary $12,108 - $58,175
Bonus $260.00
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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$23,005 - $205,771
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 23
Hourly Data $0$100
Hourly Rate $11.84 - $100.22
Hourly Tips $0.86
Overtime $22.00
Annual Data $0$205K
Bonus $260.00
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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$23,005 - $205,771
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 72

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Freelance Photographer


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Freelance Photographers who advance into a position like Fashion Photographer may end up working for a little less. On average, Photographer, Fashions take home $44K annually. Freelance Photographers most often advance into Photographer and Commercial Photographer positions even though the median salaries are $16K lower and $9K lower, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Freelance Photographer

Pay by Experience for a Freelance Photographer has a positive trend. An entry-level Freelance Photographer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 61 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Freelance Photographer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 29 salaries. An experienced Freelance Photographer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 14 salaries. A Freelance Photographer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 8 salaries.

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Key Stats for Freelance Photographer

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Freelance Photographer Salaries

Experienced
▲34%

Late-Career
▲16%

Mid-Career
▲6%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 8%
dental benefits
Dental: 6%
vision benefits
Vision: 8%
no benefits
None: 92%
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