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Photographer, News Salary

News Photographers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $39K per year. Compensation ranges from $21K on the lower end to $59K per year on the higher end. Male News Photographers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Though the majority of News Photographers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,576 - $61,106
(Median)
$27K
$39K
$61K
MEDIAN: $39,360
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$9.39 - $25.35
(Median)
$9
$15
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$26,576 - $61,106  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,959  
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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$20,742 - $59,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.39 - $25.35  
   
Overtime
$12.11 - $43.76  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,959  
   
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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$20,742 - $59,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78

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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.

Common Career Paths for Photographer, News


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News Photographers sometimes move into a Photo Editor role, where the salary is similar.

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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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $29K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $37K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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 29%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 19%
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