Photo Editor Salary

Photo Editors in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $44K per year on average. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and tenure are driving factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Photo Editors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and close to one-half receive dental plans. Photo Editors survey participants are largely women, dominating at 66 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$31,606 - $73,883
$32K
$45K
$74K
MEDIAN: $45,243
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$10.07 - $29.16
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$0$73K
Salary $31,606 - $73,883
Bonus $101.37 - $15,319
Profit Sharing $4,500
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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$24,341 - $69,731
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 146
Hourly Data $0$42
Hourly Rate $10.07 - $29.16
Overtime $16.94 - $42.31
Annual Data $0$69K
Bonus $101.37 - $15,319
Profit Sharing $4,500
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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$24,341 - $69,731
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 142

Job Description for Photo Editor

Photo editors review, select, and perform editing on photos to meet the need of their employer. They communicate with other departments in the company to coordinate the type and number of photos needed (such as to correspond with a story or website); they perform any necessary editing for photos (such as color correction) as well. The photo editor generally performs a number of managerial tasks, including supervising photographers (and possibly other editors), managing contracts, completing ordering invoices, and filling out paperwork. Additionally, the photo editor may work with freelance photographers and other employees, as well as other photo editors and interns. The photo editor often works indoors, although this position may not be limited to working at a computer; the photo editor may serve as a photographer as well.

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Photo Editor Tasks

  • Develop story or content ideas.
  • Supervise and coordinate work of reporters and other editors.
  • Ensure adherence to a style guide, correct formatting and consistent use of language within a document.
  • Review, rewrite and edit the work of writers.

Photo Editor Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Photo Editor


For Photo Editors, comfortable salaries can be found at Yahoo! Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $71K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Photo Editor


Survey results imply that Photo Editors put a diverse skill set to use. Fortunate workers who know Photography command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 51 percent above average. Those listing Adobe Lightroom as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Product Photography and Adobe Photoshop also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Adobe Illustrator indicates knowledge of Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Photo Editor

Pay by Experience for a Photo Editor has a positive trend. An entry-level Photo Editor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 172 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Photo Editor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 91 salaries. An experienced Photo Editor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 53 salaries. A Photo Editor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 15 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,209

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Photo Editors in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 65 percent above the national average. Photo Editors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+32 percent), Washington (+24 percent), Austin (+21 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Photo Editors is geography, with workers in San Diego earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Salt Lake City (19 percent lower) and Seattle (6 percent lower).

Photo Editor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Photo Editor?

Photo Editor in Houston:
"Fast, High Volume, Productivity Focused Problem Solving."
Pros: The casual camaraderie with co-workers, solving problems as a group and exchanging ideas and techniques.
Cons: It is very repetitive and sometimes not as creative as I would like. There is a definite burn-out factor, like it's a mail room with never ending product coming through.

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Key Stats for Photo Editor

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Experience Affects Photo Editor Salaries

▲32%

▲27%

▲26%

National Average
$40,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Photo Editor Salaries

Photography
▲49%

National Average
$40,000

▼4%





Adobe Lightroom
▼32%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 40%