Photographer, News Salary

Pay for News Photographers in the United States is very modest at just $40K annually. Compensation ranges from $21K on the lower end to $60K per year on the higher end. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male News Photographers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,041 - $61,601
(Median)
$27K
$40K
$62K
MEDIAN: $39,992
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$9.54 - $25.50
(Median)
$9
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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50%
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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$20,883 - $59,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.54 - $25.50  
   
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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$20,883 - $59,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74
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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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $30K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $38K on average — a distinctly larger sum. News Photographers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $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 25%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 20%
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