Photographer, News Salary

News Photographers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $39K per year. Pay ranges from $21K on the low end to $59K per year on the high end. A fair number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most News Photographers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male News Photographers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$26,576 - $61,106
(Median)
$27K
$39K
$61K
MEDIAN: $39,131
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$9.42 - $25.32
(Median)
$9
$15
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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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$20,754 - $59,195  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.42 - $25.32  
   
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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$20,754 - $59,195  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 79

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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.


For many News Photographers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $28K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $36K. For News Photographers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $41K. News Photographers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $49K.

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Experience Affects Photographer, News Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

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
28%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 20%