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 $39K annually. Pay generally varies between $25K and $58K per year. Work is enjoyable for Photojournalists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Photojournalists (69 percent) who took the survey are men. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,836 - $61,702
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$62K
MEDIAN: $39,323
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$10.39 - $24.43
(Median)
$10
$14
$24
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,836 - $61,702  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,521  
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: 2 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 - $2,521  
   
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: 2 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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Photojournalists who become Video Editors may see a small rise in pay. On average, Video Editors earn $41K per year.

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Popular Skills for Photojournalist


Professional skills reported by Photojournalists are few in number. Fortunate workers who know Apple Final Cut Pro can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 23 percent above average. 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. 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 $39K. For Photojournalists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $40K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $50K.

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Experience Affects Photojournalist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

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%

Video Editing
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 12%
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