Photo Editor Salary

Average Photo Editors in the United States make around $45K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by career length and location. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Women make up a slight majority of Photo Editors (55 percent) survey respondents. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,986 - $71,100
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$30K
$45K
$71K
MEDIAN: $45,198
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$9.32 - $29.89
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,986 - $71,100  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,103  
Total Pay (?
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$24,357 - $68,041  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 239
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.32 - $29.89  
   
Overtime
$17.93 - $44.04  
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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$24,357 - $68,041  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 154
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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 wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Editing, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Lightroom, Product Photography, and Adobe Illustrator. 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.


Photo Editors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $36K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $48K. On average, Photo Editors make $50K following one to two decades on the job. Photo Editors who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Photo Editors, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 50 percent above the national average. Photo Editors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+32 percent) and Washington (+23 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 5 percent south of the national average, can be found in Los Angeles.

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
$42,000


Skills That Affect Photo Editor Salaries

Editing
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National Average
$42,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
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Adobe Lightroom
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 31%
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