Entry-Level Photographer Salary

An Entry-Level Photographer earns an average wage of $14.81 per hour. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Adobe Lightroom and Social Media Marketing.

$20,519 - $60,152
$21K
$38K
$60K
MEDIAN: $38,434
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$9.66 - $50.28
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MEDIAN: $14.92
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$20,519 - $60,152  
   
Bonus
$20.13 - $5,960  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Commission
$1,500  
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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$20,430 - $83,405  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 400
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.66 - $50.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.07  
Overtime
$9.74 - $31.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$20.13 - $5,960  
   
Commission
$1,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$20,430 - $83,405  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 518

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National Average: $34,758

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Photographer Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Photographer in San Diego:
"Value is the thing."
At every step of your career, as you become more experienced and more capable of handling larger and more complicated production work, understand that your value to your organization is increasing, and the benefit that this increase in value provides to the organization should be concomitant to higher and higher pay.

Photographer in Sioux Falls:
"Embracing A Digital Workflow."
Have a strong knowledge of how to use social media to promote your work. In addition to creating images daily be prepared and well versed in how to shoot and edit video packages.

Key Stats for Photographer

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 89 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
21%
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Skills That Affect Photographer Salaries

Adobe Lightroom
▲25%

Social Media Marketing
▲17%




Photography
▲2%

▼0%

National Average
$35,000

Graphic Design
▼1%

Customer Service
▼13%

Sales
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 23%
no benefits
None: 57%
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