Photojournalist Salary

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.

$25,889 - $62,890
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$38K
$63K
MEDIAN: $37,728
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$11.74 - $23.71
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$25,889 - $62,890  
   
Total Pay (?
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$25,713 - $59,461  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 101
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $23.71  
   
Overtime
$16.11 - $34.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Total Pay (?
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$25,713 - $59,461  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 104

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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.

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Photojournalist Tasks

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Photojournalist


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Photojournalists may enjoy a small increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder to roles like Video Editor, which pays $41K on average annually.

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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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Key Stats for Photojournalist

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Photojournalist Salaries

▲34%

▲27%

▲13%

National Average
$36,000

▼16%

Skills That Affect Photojournalist Salaries

Editing
▲30%

Apple Final Cut Pro
▲21%



National Average
$36,000

Photography
▼1%

Product Photography
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 19%
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