Photographer, News Salary

The average News Photographer in the United States earns approximately $14.85 per hour. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and geographic location are driving factors as well. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn vision coverage. Most News Photographers report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$25,668 - $72,719
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$42K
$73K
MEDIAN: $41,772
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$10.24 - $23.26
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$25,668 - $72,719  
   
Bonus
$625  
Total Pay (?
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$23,703 - $55,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.24 - $23.26  
   
Overtime
$9.12 - $30.48  
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$625  
   
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$23,703 - $55,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 84

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Photographer, News


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For News Photographers, advancing into a Photo Editor role, for which the median salary is $41K, is not common but it does happen. Becoming a Photojournalist is, more often than not, the most common role that News Photographers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Photojournalist is $33K. Another frequent advance is for News Photographers to assume a Videographer role; in this role, workers often take home $40K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Photographer, News

Pay by Experience for a Photographer, News has a positive trend. An entry-level Photographer, News with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 60 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Photographer, News with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 33 salaries. An experienced Photographer, News which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 41 salaries. A Photographer, News with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 16 salaries.

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Key Stats for Photographer, News

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Photographer, News Salaries

Experienced
▲33%

Late-Career
▲20%

Mid-Career
▲16%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 19%
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