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Photographer, News Salary

Those pursuing careers as News Photographers in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $38K per year. Compensation ranges from $21K on the lower end to $59K per year on the higher end. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Making up 77 percent of those who took the survey, male News Photographers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Approximately one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well.
$26,733 - $60,494
(Median)
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38K
49K
60K
MEDIAN: $38,405
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$9.33 - $25.42
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$26,733 - $60,494  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
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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$21,079 - $58,989  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 78
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.33 - $25.42  
   
Overtime
$11.61 - $43.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
   
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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$21,079 - $58,989  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 75
United States (change)

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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News Photographers who transition into an upper level Photo Editor position may earn higher paychecks. The median income for that position is $41K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Photographer, News

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


For many News Photographers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $28K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $34K on average. News Photographers bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. News Photographers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $50K.

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Experience Affects Photographer, News Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 21%