Photographer, News Salary

News Photographers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $15.43 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.70 per hour to $25.35. Career duration and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$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.

Common Career Paths for Photographer, News


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As News Photographers make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Photo Editor position pays around the same amount as the News Photographer job on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Photographer, News

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


For many News Photographers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $29K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $39K. News Photographers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $44K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $49K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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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