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Photo Editor Salary

Average Photo Editors in the United States make around $45K per year. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and geographic location. Although more than half have medical coverage and over one-half have dental coverage, approximately one in three claim no health benefits at all. The majority of Photo Editors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Photo Editors (56 percent) survey respondents. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,951 - $68,345
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$68K
MEDIAN: $45,076
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$9.24 - $30.06
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,951 - $68,345  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
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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$24,065 - $66,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 231
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.24 - $30.06  
   
Overtime
$16.31 - $38.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
   
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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$24,065 - $66,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 152

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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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Popular Skills for Photo Editor


Photo Editors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Editing, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe Lightroom, Product Photography, and Adobe Illustrator. Most people 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.


For many Photo Editors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $36K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $47K. Photo Editors bring in $50K after working for 10 to 20 years. Photo Editors who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $63K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Photo Editors, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Photo Editors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+33 percent) and Washington (+24 percent). Los Angeles is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 5 percent.

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 52%



National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Photo Editor Salaries

Editing
up arrow 8%

Adobe Photoshop
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National Average
$41,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%



Adobe Lightroom
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 32%