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Freelance Photographer Salary

The average pay for a Freelance Photographer is $24.90 per hour. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down significantly 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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$17,254 - $74,240
(Median)
$17K
$30K
$74K
MEDIAN: $29,747
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90%

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$10.08 - $102.93
(Median)
$10
$25
$100
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$17,254 - $74,240  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
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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$20,358 - $210,549  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$10.08 - $102.93  
   
Overtime
$10.14 - $151.01  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
   
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).
)
$20,358 - $210,549  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Freelance Photographer

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

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Experience Affects Freelance Photographer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$48,000

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 6% dental benefits Dental: 6%
vision benefits Vision: 5% employee benefits None: 93%
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