Photographer, News Salary
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.
|Salary||$24,992 - $59,994|
|Total Pay (||$22,683 - $55,552|
|Hourly Rate||$10.12 - $23.23|
|Overtime||$12.58 - $30.88|
|Total Pay (||$22,683 - $55,552|
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.Read More...
News photographers often work alongside other news professionals such as reporters and editors, and they must work well in a team setting and on their own with minimal supervision. They must be able to work well under a deadline, and they may be required to take photographs in high-stress or sensitive situations. Travel is frequently required in this position, and the news photographer may be required to supply their own mode of transportation (such as a car). Additionally, news photographers may also be required to shoot video and edit that footage using computer editing software.
A bachelor's degree in photography, journalism or a related field is often necessary for news photographer positions. Previous experience as a news photographer - including a portfolio demonstrating the candidate's work - is generally needed as well. News photographers must understand how to operate a professional-quality camera and associated equipment; the ability to shoot video and use computer software to create a video package may be needed as well.
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
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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