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.

$25,137 - $60,334
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MEDIAN: $41,351
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$10.08 - $23.54
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$25,137 - $60,334  
   
Bonus
$700  
Total Pay (?
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$23,932 - $55,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.08 - $23.54  
   
Overtime
$14.28 - $31.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$700  
   
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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$23,932 - $55,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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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

  • 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.

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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

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


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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Experience Affects Photographer, News Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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