Photo Editor Salary
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.Read More...
A variety of companies hire photo editors, such as fashion houses, magazines, newspapers, and large retailers; the experience required for each industry and organization varies. The photo editor position may require a college degree (usually a bachelor's degree in photography, photojournalism, or a related discipline), although formal education may not be required by the employer. Experience - usually at least two years in a related industry - and a portfolio of work is generally required. but it's possible no formal education is necessary. Proficiency in editing programs such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Premier is generally required. Photo editors must be detail oriented, able to multitask, well organized, and good communicators.
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
Those at Yahoo! Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $71K.
Popular Skills for Photo Editor
Survey results suggest that Photo Editors put a wide range of professional skills to use. Fortunate workers who know Photography can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 51 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. The majority of those who know Adobe Illustrator also know Adobe InDesign.
Pay by Experience Level for Photo Editor
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $35K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $50K. Photo Editors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $53K. Photo Editors who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $51K.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 63 percent, Photo Editors in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Photo Editors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+32 percent) and Washington (+24 percent). Photo Editors in San Diego make 21 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Salt Lake City (17 percent lower) and Seattle (4 percent lower).