Photojournalist Salary

Photojournalists aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $39K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $25K and $58K per year. Most Photojournalists report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 70 percent of those who took the survey, male Photojournalists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$27,836 - $61,702

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$10.39 - $24.43

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,836 - $61,702  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,525  
Total Pay (?
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$24,954 - $57,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 126
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.39 - $24.43  
   
Overtime
$15.23 - $36.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,525  
   
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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$24,954 - $57,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105
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Job Description for Photojournalist

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Photojournalist


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For Photojournalists who go on to become Video Editors, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Video Editor earns $41K annually.

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Popular Skills for Photojournalist


Photojournalists note just a narrow range of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Apple Final Cut Pro command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 23 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Photography. Aptitude in Adobe Photoshop tends to also indicate an understanding of Video Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Photojournalist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Photojournalists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $31K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $39K. Photojournalists see a median salary of $40K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $50K.

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Experience Affects Photojournalist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Photojournalist Salaries

Apple Final Cut Pro
up arrow 23%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Video Editing
0%

National Average
$35,000

Photography
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 12%
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