Median pay for News Photographers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $15.06 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by the company and geographic location. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The vast majority of News Photographers (85 percent) who took the survey are men. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,992 - $59,994
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$41K
$60K
MEDIAN: $40,514
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$10.12 - $23.23
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MEDIAN: $15.06
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$24,992 - $59,994  
   
Bonus
$700  
Total Pay (?
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$22,683 - $55,552  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.12 - $23.23  
   
Overtime
$12.58 - $30.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$700  
   
Total Pay (?
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$22,683 - $55,552  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 81

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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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Though it's uncommon, some News Photographers move into roles as Photo Editors, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $41K per year. As News Photographers progress in their field, many go on to become Photojournalists. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $33K. Another common career choice for News Photographers is to move into a Videographer role — this promotion usually pays $40K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Photographer, News

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $29K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $42K. News Photographers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $48K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $44K.

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Key Stats for Photographer, News

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
038
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Photographer, News Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 31%

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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