$25.08
Avg. Hourly Rate
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Freelance Photographers in the United States take home approximately $25.27 per hour on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Less than one-tenth get medical and dental insurance, and fewer than one in ten get vision plans, too. There are more female Freelance Photographers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 69 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,000 - $73,698
$18K
$36K
$74K
MEDIAN: $35,669
10%
50%
90%

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$11.91 - $101
$12
$25
$100
MEDIAN: $25.08
10%
50%
90%

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$0$397K
Salary $18,000 - $73,698
Bonus $0.00 - $397,317
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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$22,727 - $202,929
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Sep 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 49
Hourly Data $0$218
Hourly Rate $11.91 - $101
Hourly Tips $1.72
Overtime $5.30 - $218
Annual Data $0$397K
Bonus $0.00 - $397,317
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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$22,727 - $202,929
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Sep 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 133

Job Description for Freelance Photographer

Freelance photographers usually find that the job has two sides, a creative side that involves the photography of subjects and a business side. Most photographers find the creative elements of the job to be rewarding enough to be willing to endure the vagaries and hassles of the business side. Most photographers will specialize somewhat in the subject matter they shoot. This specialty is usually based upon the aptitude and interest of the photographer. For instance, some photographers will work in nature and landscapes. Others will work in urban settings or portraiture. Some may specialize in sports work.

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Freelance Photographer Tasks

  • Perform photo shoots for clients.
  • Meet with clients to discuss needs.
  • Edit photos.
  • Determine and use the best photography equipment for the situation.

Common Career Paths for Freelance Photographer


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Freelance Photographers who advance into a position like Fashion Photographer may end up working for a little less. On average, Photographer, Fashions take home $44K annually. Freelance Photographers most often move into Photographer or Commercial Photographer roles. However, the former pays $16K less on average, and the latter pays $9K less.

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Pay by Experience Level for Freelance Photographer

Pay by Experience for a Freelance Photographer has a positive trend. An entry-level Freelance Photographer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 61 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Freelance Photographer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 29 salaries. An experienced Freelance Photographer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 14 salaries. A Freelance Photographer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 8 salaries.

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Key Stats for Freelance Photographer

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Freelance Photographer Salaries

Experienced
▲34%

Late-Career
▲17%

Mid-Career
▲6%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 7%
dental benefits
Dental: 4%
vision benefits
Vision: 5%
no benefits
None: 93%