Photographer, Sports Salary

A Photographer, Sports earns an average salary of $37,189 per year.

$21,279 - $145,437
MEDIAN: $33,000

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$21,279 - $145,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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Job Description for Photographer, Sports

A sports photographer specializes in the art of creating memorable sports images. They are typically hired by media outlets, but sports photographers may also work for a specific team or be freelance subcontractors. This professional's key role is to capture action photography at games; however, he or she also gathers other types of photos such as portraits of athletes, press conference photos and images from practices. They also may shoot video for their employer. Sports photographers are also responsible for performing photo editing and answering any questions from their editor or employer. Freelance photographers typically create their own proof sets and offer them to teams or media outlets seeking to purchase visual content.


Photographer, Sports Tasks

  • 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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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.


29 %
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 38%