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Freelance Photographer Salary (United States)

Earnings for Freelance Photographers in the United States come in at around $24.75 per hour on average. Less than one in ten have medical and dental plans, and fewer than one in twenty have vision insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Freelance Photographer Salary (?
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$16,251 - $77,735
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $29,734
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Freelance Photographer Salary (?
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$9.95 - $100.15
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$16,251 - $77,735  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,363  
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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$20,224 - $205,253  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $100.15  
   
Overtime
$10.07 - $148.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,363  
   
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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$20,224 - $205,253  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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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 tend not to experience a change in pay as they move up the career ladder to upper-level roles like Commercial Photographer. That job pays about the same on average. Freelance Photographers most often move into positions as Photographers or Graphic Artists & Designers. Photographers actually earn $11K less on average, however, and Graphic Artists & Designers earn $7K less per year than Freelance Photographers do.

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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 $36K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $51K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $56K in this role. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Freelance Photographers report making only $53K on average.

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Experience Affects Freelance Photographer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 31%
Late-Career
up arrow 24%
Mid-Career
up arrow 20%
National Average
$42,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
60%
female alumni
 
Male
40%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 8% dental benefits Dental: 6%
vision benefits Vision: 5% employee benefits None: 92%