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Photo Editor Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Photo Editor is $44,919 per year. A skill in Editing is associated with high pay for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Photo Editor Salary (?
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$29,758 - $68,978
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MEDIAN: $44,918
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Photo Editor Salary (?
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$9.43 - $30.09
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,758 - $68,978  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,027  
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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$24,331 - $67,930  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 241
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.43 - $30.09  
   
Overtime
$16.19 - $43.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,027  
   
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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$24,331 - $67,930  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 151
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Job Description for Photo Editor

Photo editors review, select, and perform editing on photos to meet the need of their employer. They communicate with other departments in the company to coordinate the type and number of photos needed (such as to correspond with a story or website); they perform any necessary editing for photos (such as color correction) as well. The photo editor generally performs a number of managerial tasks, including supervising photographers (and possibly other editors), managing contracts, completing ordering invoices, and filling out paperwork. Additionally, the photo editor may work with freelance photographers and other employees, as well as other photo editors and interns. The photo editor often works indoors, although this position may not be limited to working at a computer; the photo editor may serve as a photographer as well.
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Photo Editor Tasks
  • Ensure adherence to a style guide, correct formatting and consistent use of language within a document.
  • Review, rewrite and edit the work of writers.
  • Develop story or content ideas.
  • Supervise and coordinate work of reporters and other editors.

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Pay by Experience Level for Photo Editor

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

Pay Difference By Location

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Washington
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National Average
$42,000
Seattle
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Los Angeles
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Photo Editor Reviews

What is it like working as a Photo Editor?
Photo Editor in Houston:
"Fast, High Volume, Productivity Focused Problem Solving."
Pros: The casual camaraderie with co-workers, solving problems as a group and exchanging ideas and techniques.
Cons: It is very repetitive and sometimes not as creative as I would like. There is a definite burn-out factor, like it's a mail room with never ending product coming through.

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Experience Affects Photo Editor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 53%
Mid-Career
up arrow 12%
National Average
$42,000

Skills That Affect Photo Editor Salaries

Editing
up arrow 15%
Product Photography
up arrow 4%
Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%
National Average
$42,000
Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 4%
Adobe InDesign
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Adobe Lightroom
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
54%
female alumni
 
Male
46%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 30%