Photographer, News Salary

Average News Photographers in the United States make around $15.13 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and geographic location. Job satisfaction for News Photographers is high. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 88 percent of News Photographers are male. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$25,724 - $61,463
$26K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,779
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$10.22 - $23.26
$10
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $15.13
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$25,724 - $61,463  
   
Bonus
$400.00  
Total Pay (?
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$23,694 - $56,608  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.22 - $23.26  
   
Overtime
$12.23 - $30.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$400.00  
   
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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$23,694 - $56,608  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 74
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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. More often than not, a Photojournalist role is the next step for News Photographers moving up in the field. Pay for Photojournalists is usually $33K. Many News Photographers choose to take on a Videographer role instead, where salaries are typically $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 $31K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $42K. For News Photographers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $48K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $43K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Key Stats for Photographer, News

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Photographer, News Salaries

Experienced
▲30%

Late-Career
▲17%

Mid-Career
▲14%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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