Photo Editor Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Photo Editor is $45,073 per year. A skill in Editing is associated with high pay for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Photo Editor Total Pay (?
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$29,924 - $68,389
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MEDIAN: $45,073
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Photo Editor Total Pay (?
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$9.44 - $27.93
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,924 - $68,389  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,818  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $1,600  
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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$24,248 - $65,774  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 418
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.44 - $27.93  
   
Overtime
$16.15 - $38.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,818  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $1,600  
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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$24,248 - $65,774  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 418
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Photo Editor

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Pay Difference By Location

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Washington
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National Average
$41,000
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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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Mid-Career
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National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect Photo Editor Salaries

Editing
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Adobe Photoshop
0%
National Average
$41,000
Product Photography
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Adobe InDesign
up arrow 4%
Adobe Lightroom
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
56%
female alumni
 
Male
44%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 31%
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