Photojournalist Salary

Those pursuing careers as Photojournalists in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $38K annually. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career length, followed by geography and the individual firm. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a fair number earn dental coverage. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Male Photojournalists are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$26,277 - $60,018
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$38K
$60K
MEDIAN: $38,343
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$11.68 - $24.04
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MEDIAN: $15.29
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$26,277 - $60,018  
   
Bonus
$250.00  
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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$25,728 - $57,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 103
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.68 - $24.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.38  
Overtime
$16.22 - $35.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$250.00  
   
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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$25,728 - $57,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 98

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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. As Photojournalists progress in their field, many go on to become Videographers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $40K per year. Another common career choice for Photojournalists is to move into a Photographer role. Typically, Photographers get paid $34K.

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Popular Skills for Photojournalist


Survey results imply that Photojournalists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Editing, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Video Editing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 20 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Product Photography. Adobe Photoshop and Video Editing are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Photojournalist

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


Photojournalists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $31K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $41K. On average, Photojournalists make $45K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $46K.

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Key Stats for Photojournalist

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Photojournalist Salaries

Late-Career
▲28%

Experienced
▲24%

Mid-Career
▲13%

National Average
$36,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Photojournalist Salaries

Editing
▲29%

Apple Final Cut Pro
▲20%


National Average
$36,000

Photography
▼2%


Product Photography
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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