Photo Editor Salary

Photo Editors in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $44K annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. The majority of Photo Editors (66 percent) who took the survey are female. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Photo Editors. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,356 - $67,061
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$44K
$67K
MEDIAN: $43,747
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$9.88 - $30.34
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,356 - $67,061  
   
Bonus
$102.56 - $12,329  
Total Pay (?
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$23,980 - $67,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 152
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.88 - $30.34  
   
Overtime
$17.21 - $44.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$102.56 - $12,329  
   
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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$23,980 - $67,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 142

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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

  • Develop story or content ideas.
  • Supervise and coordinate work of reporters and other editors.
  • Ensure adherence to a style guide, correct formatting and consistent use of language within a document.
  • Review, rewrite and edit the work of writers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Photo Editor


Yahoo! Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $71K on average.

Popular Skills for Photo Editor


Photo Editors report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Fortunate workers who know Photography can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 35 percent above average. Those listing Adobe Lightroom as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Product Photography and Adobe Photoshop also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Adobe Illustrator are also skilled in Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Photo Editor

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $35K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $50K. Photo Editors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. Photo Editors who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $51K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,422

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Photo Editors, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 66 percent above the national average. Photo Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+33 percent), Washington (+25 percent), Austin (+22 percent), and Los Angeles (+17 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Photo Editor's salary, with San Diego Photo Editors earning salaries that are 21 percent less than the national average. Workers in Salt Lake City and Seattle earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (18 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

Photo Editor Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Photo Editor

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Photo Editor Salaries

▲32%

Late-Career
▲31%

▲27%

National Average
$39,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Photo Editor Salaries

Photography
▲35%

National Average
$39,000

▼3%





Adobe Lightroom
▼30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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