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Photo Editor Salary

Average Photo Editors in the United States make around $45K annually. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by years of experience and geography. While some workers in this profession — just under a third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. Most Photo Editors report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,758 - $68,978
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$30K
$45K
$69K
MEDIAN: $44,918
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$9.43 - $30.09
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,758 - $68,978  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,027  
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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$24,331 - $67,930  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 241
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.43 - $30.09  
   
Overtime
$16.19 - $43.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,027  
   
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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$24,331 - $67,930  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 151
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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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Popular Skills for Photo Editor


Survey results suggest that Photo Editors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Editing, Product Photography, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Lightroom, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Illustrator. Those educated in Adobe Illustrator tend to be well versed in Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Photo Editor

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


For many Photo Editors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $36K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $47K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $64K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Photo Editors that is 31 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Photo Editors will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+23 percent). Los Angeles is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 5 percent.

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
up arrow 53%


Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Photo Editor Salaries

Editing
up arrow 15%

Product Photography
up arrow 4%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

National Average
$42,000

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 4%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 4%

Adobe Lightroom
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 30%