Photographer, News Salary

For News Photographers, hourly average wages total $15.37 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.56 per hour on the low end to $25.48 on the high end. The majority of News Photographers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male News Photographers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$26,989 - $61,688

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$9.56 - $25.48

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$26,989 - $61,688  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,479  
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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$20,883 - $59,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.56 - $25.48  
   
Overtime
$11.40 - $44.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,479  
   
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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$20,883 - $59,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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Job Description for Photographer, News

  • 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.


News Photographers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. 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 $38K. News Photographers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $42K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $49K on average.

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Experience Affects Photographer, News Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 20%
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