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Photo Editor Salary

For Photo Editors, annual average wages total $45K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but career duration and geographic location are influential factors as well. The majority of Photo Editors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. Just under a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,143 - $70,099
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$30K
$45K
$70K
MEDIAN: $45,344
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$9.33 - $29.89
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,143 - $70,099  
   
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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$24,429 - $67,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 237
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.33 - $29.89  
   
Overtime
$17.70 - $43.95  
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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$24,429 - $67,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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 Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Lightroom, Product Photography, and Adobe Illustrator. It is often found that people who know Adobe Illustrator are 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $36K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $48K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $62K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Photo Editors, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 49 percent above the national average. Photo Editors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+32 percent) and Washington (+26 percent). Los Angeles ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 5 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 49%



National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Photo Editor Salaries

Editing
up arrow 7%

National Average
$42,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%



Adobe Lightroom
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 29%
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