Freelance Photographer Salary

The average pay for a Freelance Photographer is $25.62 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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$12,438 - $96,957
$12K
$31K
$97K
MEDIAN: $30,521
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50%
90%

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$11.53 - $100.43
$12
$26
$100
MEDIAN: $25.62
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50%
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$12,438 - $96,957  
   
Bonus
$500  
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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$20,987 - $205,891  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$11.53 - $100.43  
   
Overtime
$15.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$500  
   
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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$20,987 - $205,891  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 70

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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

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
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Freelance Photographer Salaries

Experienced
▲30%

Late-Career
▲13%

Mid-Career
▲3%

National Average
$52,000

Entry-Level
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 11%
dental benefits
Dental: 6%
vision benefits
Vision: 8%
no benefits
None: 89%