Freelance Photographer Salary

Freelance Photographers in the United States can expect wages of $24.87 per hour on average. Earnings sit near $12.63 per hour on the lower side but can approach $104.85610261970423 on the higher side. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Less than one in ten enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and less than 10 percent get vision benefits. Work is enjoyable for Freelance Photographers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale 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
$25
$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. A lot of Freelance Photographers advance their careers by becoming Photographers and Commercial Photographers. However, those positions offer $18K less and $9K less per year on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Freelance Photographer

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $40K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $51K. Freelance Photographers see a median salary of $61K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $53K.

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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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