Photojournalists in the United States take home an average $15.38 per hour. While geography and the particular employer impact pay for this group, career length is the most influential factor. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority receive medical and dental insurance and the larger part get vision insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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|$25,713 - $59,461|
|Hourly Rate||$11.74 - $23.71|
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Job Description for Photojournalist
A photojournalist takes photographs, and articles are written about these photos. These articles may be in a newspaper or magazine or online. The photojournalist should keep abreast of the happenings of the world to be able to create relevant pieces. In order to come up with unique pieces, the photojournalist may have to travel to places to gain a better understanding of certain situations.Read More...
A bachelor’s degree in journalism may be necessary. A portfolio of past work may have to be shown prior to being hired. Strong computer skills are necessary for this job. It also necessary to have extensive training in photography. In some cases, extensive knowledge of videography equipment is required, such as video switchers, editing equipment, and audio routers.
The job can be mild or dangerous, depending on the stories that are covered. Some photojournalists will be paid on a per story basis, while others will work part-time or full-time in an office environment. A valid driver’s license and a clean driving record may be required, as some jobs require that the photojournalist drives the remote production van. When producing stories, the photojournalist may sometimes represent the publication, so it is important to have strong public speaking skills and a neat appearance.
- Take pictures either in studio or on location.
- Work with clients or workplace teams to create photographic images.
- Use creative knowledge to compose photographs.
- Review sets of photographs to select the best work.
- Operate various types of photographic and computer equipment to create photographic images.
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Popular Skills for Photojournalist
Photojournalists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Editing and Apple Final Cut Pro are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent and 21 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Product Photography. Experience with Adobe Photoshop is often linked with knowledge of Video Editing.
Pay by Experience Level for Photojournalist
Pay by Experience for a Photojournalist has a positive trend. An entry-level Photojournalist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 97 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Photojournalist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 46 salaries. An experienced Photojournalist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 54 salaries. A Photojournalist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 39 salaries.
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