Photo Editor Salary
|Salary||$30,356 - $67,061|
|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).)
|$23,980 - $67,107|
|Hourly Rate||$9.88 - $30.34|
|Overtime||$17.21 - $44.49|
|Bonus||$102.56 - $12,329|
|Total Pay (||$23,980 - $67,107|
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.Read More...
A variety of companies hire photo editors, such as fashion houses, magazines, newspapers, and large retailers; the experience required for each industry and organization varies. The photo editor position may require a college degree (usually a bachelor's degree in photography, photojournalism, or a related discipline), although formal education may not be required by the employer. Experience - usually at least two years in a related industry - and a portfolio of work is generally required. but it's possible no formal education is necessary. Proficiency in editing programs such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Premier is generally required. Photo editors must be detail oriented, able to multitask, well organized, and good communicators.
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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Photo Editor
Yahoo! Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $71K on average.
Popular Skills for Photo Editor
Photo Editors report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Fortunate workers who know Photography can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 35 percent above average. Those listing Adobe Lightroom as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Product Photography and Adobe Photoshop also typically command lower compensation. 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.
Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $35K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $50K. Photo Editors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. Photo Editors who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $51K.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for Photo Editors, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 66 percent above the national average. Photo Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+33 percent), Washington (+25 percent), Austin (+22 percent), and Los Angeles (+17 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Photo Editor's salary, with San Diego Photo Editors earning salaries that are 21 percent less than the national average. Workers in Salt Lake City and Seattle earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (18 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).
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