Photographer, News Salary

Average News Photographers in the United States make around $15.11 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by the company and location. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number receive medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$25,845 - $73,723
$26K
$44K
$74K
MEDIAN: $43,570
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$10.32 - $22.85
$10
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MEDIAN: $15.11
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$0$73K
Salary $25,845 - $73,723
Bonus $850
Total Pay (?
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$24,014 - $58,035
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 46
Hourly Data $0$31
Hourly Rate $10.32 - $22.85
Overtime $10.75 - $31.14
Annual Data $0$58K
Bonus $850
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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$24,014 - $58,035
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 82

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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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Although it's unusual, some News Photographers transition into jobs as Photo Editors. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $41K per year, though. Going from News Photographer to Photojournalist is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Photojournalists is $33K. Many others choose to work as Videographers, where pay is typically $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.

Photographer, News Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Photographer, News?

Photographer, News in Durant:
"High stress, no set schedule, some social impact."
Pros: I most appreciate the numerous media types I am allowed/expected to work with. I enjoy writing, taking photographs, laying out pages, posting online. I also enjoy the travel and connection to a community.
Cons: This position consists of at least four other positions, as they would be separated in normal organizations: writer, photographer, public relations worker, graphic designer. I have often questions the lack of ethical thinking, and openness to criticism, the coworkers and higher-ups display.

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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
38%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Photographer, News Salaries

Experienced
▲31%

Late-Career
▲18%

Mid-Career
▲14%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
▼16%

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
38%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 16%
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