Photo Editor Salary
|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).)
|$24,554 - $67,392|
|Hourly Rate||$10.16 - $29.45|
|Overtime||$16.85 - $45.06|
|Bonus||$102.56 - $15,152|
|Total Pay (||$24,554 - $67,392|
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 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
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).
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