Photo Editor Salary

The average Photo Editor in the United States earns approximately $45K annually. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by tenure and location. Job satisfaction for Photo Editors is high. Although more than half have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, just under a third claim no health benefits at all. Women make up a slight majority of Photo Editors (56 percent) survey respondents. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,897 - $70,719
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$30K
$45K
$71K
MEDIAN: $45,334
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$9.32 - $29.72
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,897 - $70,719  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
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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$24,268 - $67,857  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 242
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.32 - $29.72  
   
Overtime
$17.96 - $44.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
   
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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$24,268 - $67,857  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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. 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.


Photo Editors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $36K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $48K. Photo Editors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $50K. 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


Photo Editors will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 49 percent. Photo Editors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+30 percent) and Washington (+23 percent). Los Angeles is the lowest-paying area, 5 percent south of 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
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National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Photo Editor Salaries

Editing
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National Average
$42,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
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Adobe Lightroom
up arrow 15%

Photography
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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
47%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 31%
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