Photo Editor Salary

Those pursuing careers as Photo Editors in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $44K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by the particular city and experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Photo Editors are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (65 percent) are women. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than a third lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and half have dental, too. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,307 - $67,965
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$44K
$68K
MEDIAN: $43,509
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$10.16 - $29.45
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,307 - $67,965  
   
Bonus
$102.56 - $15,152  
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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$24,554 - $67,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 147
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.16 - $29.45  
   
Overtime
$16.85 - $45.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$102.56 - $15,152  
   
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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$24,554 - $67,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 140

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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Photo Editor


Yahoo! Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $71K.

Popular Skills for Photo Editor


Photo Editors seem to require a number of specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Photography command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 51 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. Most people who know Adobe Illustrator also know Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Photo Editor

Pay by Experience for a Photo Editor has a positive trend. An entry-level Photo Editor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 172 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Photo Editor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 91 salaries. An experienced Photo Editor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 53 salaries. A Photo Editor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 15 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,744

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Photo Editors, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 65 percent above the national average. Photo Editors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+32 percent), Washington (+24 percent), Austin (+21 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Photo Editors in San Diego report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 21 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in Salt Lake City and Seattle also lean toward paying below-median salaries (19 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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
65 %
Male
35 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Photo Editor Salaries

▲33%

▲28%

▲27%

National Average
$40,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Photo Editor Salaries

Photography
▲51%

National Average
$40,000

▼3%





Adobe Lightroom
▼31%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 37%
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