Freelance Photographer Salary (United States)

Pay for Freelance Photographers in the United States is typically around $25.14 per hour. The range in pay spans from $9.94 per hour to $101.79997957519787. Less than 10 percent receive medical and dental insurance and less than five percent get vision insurance. In a profession dominated by women, 62 percent of Freelance Photographers are female. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Freelance Photographers. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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
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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 (?
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: 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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For Freelance Photographers, career advancement has little to no impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Commercial Photographer will bring in a similar amount to someone not as far along in their career. 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.
Starting out, salaries fall in the $39K range but grow to $60K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $55K after one to two decades. Paychecks show no signs of slowing down as Freelance Photographers approach two decades on the job—pay continues to accelerate and typical earnings come to $60K. 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 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 6 percent. Most of the workforce has between one and 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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