Photojournalist Salary

Photojournalists in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $39K annually on average. Pay ranges from $25K on the low end to $60K per year on the high end. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Male Photojournalists who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (64 percent) are men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$27,891 - $64,567
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$65K
MEDIAN: $39,234
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$10.28 - $24.10
(Median)
$10
$14
$24
MEDIAN: $14.00
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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
$27,891 - $64,567  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,517  
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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$24,526 - $60,118  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.28 - $24.10  
   
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 - $2,517  
   
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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$24,526 - $60,118  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95

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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 transition into new roles such as Video Editor may see a slight upturn in salary. The average Video Editor earns $41K per year.

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Survey takers who work as Photojournalists typically report just a few professional skills. Video Editing and Adobe Photoshop are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Aptitude in Adobe Photoshop tends to also indicate an understanding of Video Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Photojournalist

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Photojournalists. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $31K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $38K. Photojournalists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $44K. Photojournalists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $49K.

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Experience Affects Photojournalist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Photojournalist Salaries

Video Editing
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 13%