An Entry-Level Photographer earns an average wage of $14.58 per hour. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Adobe Lightroom and Social Media Marketing.

$20,312 - $60,333
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MEDIAN: $37,802
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$9.34 - $50.04
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$20,312 - $60,333  
   
Bonus
$20.00 - $9,759  
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
Commission
$400.00  
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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$20,119 - $83,356  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 368
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.34 - $50.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.30  
Overtime
$8.14 - $31.08  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$20.00 - $9,759  
   
Commission
$400.00  
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
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).
)
$20,119 - $83,356  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 520
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,603

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Photographer Advice

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.

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Skills That Affect Photographer Salaries

Adobe Lightroom
up arrow 30%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 21%

Video Editing
up arrow 5%

Photography
up arrow 5%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Product Photography
up arrow 1%

National Average
$34,000

Editing
up arrow 3%

Graphic Design
up arrow 4%

Sales
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
medical benefits
Vision: 24%
dental benefits
None: 55%
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