A Photo Editor earns an average salary of $43,747 per year. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases sharply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. A skill in Photography is associated with high pay for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
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$30,356 - $67,061
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$9.88 - $30.34
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,356 - $67,061  
   
Bonus
$102.56 - $12,329  
Total Pay (?
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$23,980 - $67,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 152
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.88 - $30.34  
   
Overtime
$17.21 - $44.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$102.56 - $12,329  
   
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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$23,980 - $67,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 142

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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

  • Develop story or content ideas.
  • Supervise and coordinate work of reporters and other editors.
  • Ensure adherence to a style guide, correct formatting and consistent use of language within a document.
  • Review, rewrite and edit the work of writers.

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Pay by Experience Level for Photo Editor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,422

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Photo Editor Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Photo Editor

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
049
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Photo Editor Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 31%


National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Photo Editor Salaries

Photography
up arrow 35%

National Average
$39,000

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Adobe Lightroom
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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