Freelance Photographer Salary (United States)

Salaries for Freelance Photographers in the United States lie in the neighborhood of $25.14 per hour. Compensation ranges from $9.94 per hour on the low end to $101.79997957519787 on the high end. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; less than 10 people have both medical and dental plans, and less than five have vision insurance. The majority of Freelance Photographers (62 percent) are female. Job satisfaction for Freelance Photographers is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Freelance Photographer Salary (?
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$15,101 - $74,497
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $30,004
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Freelance Photographer Salary (?
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$9.94 - $101.80
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$15,101 - $74,497  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,945  
Total Pay (?
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$20,213 - $207,307  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $101.80  
   
Overtime
$7.96 - $146.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,945  
   
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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$20,213 - $207,307  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 183
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As Freelance Photographers make advancements in their career path, salaries do not necessarily change. Those in less important roles often earn amounts similar to those in higher-end positions, such as Commercial Photographer. Freelance Photographers most often move into positions as Photographers or Graphic Designers, where they typically take pay cuts of $11,994 or $7,587 per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Freelance Photographer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $39K; however, pay rises to approximately $60K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $55K after 10 to 20 years. After 20 years of work in the field, Freelance Photographers typically earn $60K and go on to enjoy solid increases in earnings. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 18 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 6 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

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Experience Affects Freelance Photographer Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 40%
Late-Career
up arrow 40%
Experienced
up arrow 27%
National Average
$43,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
62%
female alumni
 
Male
38%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 7% dental benefits Dental: 6%
vision benefits Vision: 5% employee benefits None: 92%
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