Photographer, News Salary

An average News Photographer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $15.21 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.33 per hour on the low end to $25.45 on the high end. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one-fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male News Photographers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Work is enjoyable for News Photographers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,041 - $61,601
(Median)
$27K
$40K
$62K
MEDIAN: $39,992
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$9.33 - $25.45
(Median)
$9
$15
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,041 - $61,601  
   
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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$20,761 - $59,651  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.33 - $25.45  
   
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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$20,761 - $59,651  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 76
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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.

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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.

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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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $29K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $38K. News Photographers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $41K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $49K on average.

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Experience Affects Photographer, News Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 20%
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