Photojournalists aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $39K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Male Photojournalists are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Though the majority of Photojournalists do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$27,236 - $61,768
(Median)
$27K
$39K
$62K
MEDIAN: $39,353
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$11.72 - $23.62
(Median)
$12
$15
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,236 - $61,768  
   
Bonus
$2,150  
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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$26,115 - $58,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 109
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.72 - $23.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.38  
Overtime
$17.54 - $34.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$2,150  
   
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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$26,115 - $58,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 90
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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

  • 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.

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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


Photojournalists who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. 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 33 percent, 18 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Many workers who know Adobe Photoshop also know Video Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Photojournalist

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $32K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $43K. Photojournalists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $45K. Photojournalists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Experience Affects Photojournalist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Photojournalist Salaries

Editing
up arrow 33%

Apple Final Cut Pro
up arrow 18%


Photography
up arrow 1%

National Average
$37,000

Adobe Photoshop
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Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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