Photographer, News Salary
News Photographers in the United States take home an average $15.85 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and geographic location. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by a strong majority, and the greater part earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most News Photographers. The vast majority of News Photographers (86 percent) survey respondents are men. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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
News Photographers' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Photo Editor. On average, Photo Editors get paid about the same as News Photographers do. 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
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Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $32K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $42K. After working for 10 to 20 years, News Photographers make a median salary of $48K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $45K.
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