The average pay for a Freelance Photographer is $25.54 per hour. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
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$13,500 - $82,500
$14K
$33K
$82K
MEDIAN: $33,000
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50%
90%

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$11.71 - $102.09
$12
$26
$100
MEDIAN: $25.54
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$13,500 - $82,500  
   
Bonus
$5,250  
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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$21,144 - $209,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$11.71 - $102.09  
   
Overtime
$15.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$5,250  
   
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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$21,144 - $209,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 75

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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Freelance Photographer

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

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Key Stats for Freelance Photographer

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
051
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Freelance Photographer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 35%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$52,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 11%
dental benefits
Dental: 5%
vision benefits
Vision: 8%
dental benefits
None: 89%
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