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Photojournalist Salary

Pay for Photojournalists in the United States is very modest at just $36K annually. Pay generally varies between $24K and $56K per year. Male Photojournalists who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (65 percent) are men. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$27,097 - $62,358
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MEDIAN: $36,444
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$10.04 - $22.99
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,097 - $62,358  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,492  
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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$23,692 - $55,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.04 - $22.99  
   
Overtime
$15.04 - $40.36  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,492  
   
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).
)
$23,692 - $55,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 108
United States (change)

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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Photojournalists may go on to top-notch roles like Video Editor, where median pay is $41K annually.

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Professional skills reported by Photojournalists are few in number. Video Editing and Adobe Photoshop are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Employees educated in Adobe Photoshop are typically practiced in Video Editing, too.

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. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $30K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $34K. Photojournalists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $40K. 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 54%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Photojournalist Salaries


Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

National Average
$33,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 16%