Photo Editor Salary

Photo Editors in the United States pull down an average of $45K annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. The majority of Photo Editors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. Nearly one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,909 - $69,749
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MEDIAN: $45,069
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,909 - $69,749  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,050  
Total Pay (?
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$24,297 - $67,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 249
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.40 - $29.81  
   
Overtime
$17.93 - $44.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,050  
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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$24,297 - $67,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 181
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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 Employer Salaries for Photo Editor


Those at Yahoo! Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $71K.

Popular Skills for Photo Editor


Photo Editors report using a wide range of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Photography can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 27 percent above average. Those listing Adobe Lightroom as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Product Photography and Editing also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, 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.


Photo Editors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $35K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $50K. For Photo Editors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $51K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $59K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,341

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Surpassing the national average by 52 percent, Photo Editors in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Photo Editors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+31 percent) and Washington (+11 percent). Photo Editors in San Diego report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 25 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Workers in Seattle and Los Angeles earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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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National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Photo Editor Salaries

Photography
up arrow 27%

National Average
$41,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
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Editing
up arrow 11%

Adobe Lightroom
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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