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 per year. Pay ranges from $25K on the low end to $58K per year on the high end. Job satisfaction for Photojournalists is high. There are more male Photojournalists than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 69 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$27,836 - $61,702
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$62K
MEDIAN: $39,323
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$10.36 - $24.19
(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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$24,924 - $58,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 126
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.36 - $24.19  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $36.09  
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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$24,924 - $58,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103
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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 may enjoy a small increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder to roles like Video Editor, which pays $41K on average annually.

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Popular Skills for Photojournalist


Job skills reported by Photojournalists are limited. Fortunate workers who know Apple Final Cut Pro command much higher paychecks, 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.


Photojournalists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $31K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $39K. 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 42%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Photojournalist Salaries

Apple Final Cut Pro
up arrow 23%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Video Editing
0%

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
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 12%
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