Photographer, News Salary

News Photographers in the United States pull down an average of $15.43 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.70 per hour to $25.35. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most News Photographers report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,630 - $64,155
(Median)
$27K
$41K
$64K
MEDIAN: $40,870
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$9.70 - $25.35
(Median)
$9
$15
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$26,630 - $64,155  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
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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$21,106 - $59,852  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 67
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.70 - $25.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$11.40 - $42.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
   
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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$21,106 - $59,852  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 89
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Job Description for Photographer, News

News photographers take pictures of current events, persons of interest and other relevant subjects for their employer, often a news organization. They must capture images that will connect with viewers and harmonize with any relevant content (such as an accompanying news story). One of their main responsibilities is taking a number of photographs of news events; they generally try to take a range of photographs, when possible, to offer editors multiple options for publication. Other tasks performed by news photographers may include performing photo editing, making contact with photograph subjects to arrange times to shoot photos, and attend trainings and workshops to continue building their skills.

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Photographer, News Tasks

  • Review sets of photographs to select the best work.
  • Operate various types of photographic and computer equipment to create photographic images.
  • Use creative knowledge to compose photographs.
  • Take pictures either in studio or on location.
  • Work with clients or workplace teams to create photographic images.

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News Photographers' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Photo Editor. On average, Photo Editors get paid about the same as News Photographers do.

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Pay by Experience Level for Photographer, News

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


News Photographers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $29K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $39K. News Photographers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $44K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $49K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Photographer, News Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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