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Photojournalist Salary

Pay for Photojournalists in the United States is very modest at just $40K per year. Earnings sit near $25K on the lower side but can approach $60K per year on the higher side. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Photojournalists who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 67 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$28,019 - $64,165
(Median)
$28K
$40K
$64K
MEDIAN: $39,642
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90%

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$10.33 - $24.31
(Median)
$10
$14
$24
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$28,019 - $64,165  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,513  
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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$24,875 - $60,118  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 123
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.33 - $24.31  
   
Overtime
$15.19 - $40.73  
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 - $2,513  
   
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).
)
$24,875 - $60,118  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 100

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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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At the upper end, Photojournalists who move into a Video Editor role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $41K per year.

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Photojournalists who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. 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.


Photojournalists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $31K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $39K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Photojournalists make a median salary of $41K. 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 43%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Photojournalist Salaries

Video Editing
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 13%
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