Those pursuing careers as Photo Editors in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $44K annually. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by geography and years of experience. The majority of Photo Editors (62 percent) who took the survey are women. Although the greater part have medical coverage and close to one-half have dental coverage, over a third claim no health benefits at all. Most Photo Editors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,305 - $68,824
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$44K
$69K
MEDIAN: $44,085
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$9.82 - $30.95
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,305 - $68,824  
   
Bonus
$248.32 - $7,149  
Total Pay (?
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$23,680 - $69,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 149
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.82 - $30.95  
   
Overtime
$18.38 - $44.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$248.32 - $7,149  
   
Total Pay (?
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$23,680 - $69,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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


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

National Average: $39,689

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

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
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National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Photo Editor Salaries

Photography
up arrow 51%

National Average
$40,000

Editing
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Adobe InDesign
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Adobe Lightroom
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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