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Freelance Photographer Salary (United States)

Freelance Photographers in the United States typically take home $25.14 per hour. Fewer than one in ten receive medical and dental insurance and less than five percent get vision insurance. Women make up the majority of Freelance Photographers (62 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale 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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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  
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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 183
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Job Description for Freelance Photographer

  • 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 sometimes move into a Commercial Photographer role, where the salary is similar. Freelance Photographers most often advance into Photographer and Graphic Artist & Designer positions even though the median salaries are $12K lower and $8K lower, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Freelance Photographer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $39K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $60K. Freelance Photographers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $55K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $60K on average. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; most of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly less than one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one-tenth.

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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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Extremely satisfied
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%