Photo Editor Salary

Earnings for Photo Editors in the United States come in at around $45K per year on average. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but career length and geography are influential factors as well. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. Job satisfaction for Photo Editors is high. Women Photo Editors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,152 - $70,719

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$9.27 - $29.87

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,152 - $70,719  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,103  
Total Pay (?
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$24,765 - $68,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 242
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.27 - $29.87  
   
Overtime
$17.96 - $44.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,103  
   
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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$24,765 - $68,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 149
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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 report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Editing, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Photography as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Adobe Lightroom and Product Photography also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Photo Editors. The average beginner in this position makes around $36K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $49K. Photo Editors see a median salary of $50K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $61K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Photo Editors, 48 percent above the national average. Photo Editors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+30 percent) and Washington (+15 percent). Seattle ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 6 percent below the national average.

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 46%



National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Photo Editor Salaries

Editing
up arrow 4%

National Average
$42,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 3%



Adobe Lightroom
up arrow 16%

Photography
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 30%
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