Photographer, News Salary
Average News Photographers in the United States make around $15.11 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by the company and location. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number receive medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
|Salary||$25,713 - $73,984|
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|$24,035 - $57,471|
|Hourly Rate||$10.55 - $22.08|
|Overtime||$10.75 - $32.42|
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Job Description for Photographer, News
News photographers take pictures of current events, persons of interest and other relevant subjects for their employer, often a news organization. They must capture images that will connect with viewers and harmonize with any relevant content (such as an accompanying news story). One of their main responsibilities is taking a number of photographs of news events; they generally try to take a range of photographs, when possible, to offer editors multiple options for publication. Other tasks performed by news photographers may include performing photo editing, making contact with photograph subjects to arrange times to shoot photos, and attend trainings and workshops to continue building their skills.Read More...
News photographers often work alongside other news professionals such as reporters and editors, and they must work well in a team setting and on their own with minimal supervision. They must be able to work well under a deadline, and they may be required to take photographs in high-stress or sensitive situations. Travel is frequently required in this position, and the news photographer may be required to supply their own mode of transportation (such as a car). Additionally, news photographers may also be required to shoot video and edit that footage using computer editing software.
A bachelor's degree in photography, journalism or a related field is often necessary for news photographer positions. Previous experience as a news photographer - including a portfolio demonstrating the candidate's work - is generally needed as well. News photographers must understand how to operate a professional-quality camera and associated equipment; the ability to shoot video and use computer software to create a video package may be needed as well. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Photographer, News Tasks
- Take pictures either in studio or on location.
- Work with clients or workplace teams to create photographic images.
- Use creative knowledge to compose photographs.
- Review sets of photographs to select the best work.
- Operate various types of photographic and computer equipment to create photographic images.
Common Career Paths for Photographer, News
Although it's unusual, some News Photographers transition into jobs as Photo Editors. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $41K per year, though. Going from News Photographer to Photojournalist is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Photojournalists is $33K. Many others choose to work as Videographers, where pay is typically $40K.
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Pay by Experience Level for Photographer, News
Pay by Experience for a Photographer, News has a positive trend. An entry-level Photographer, News with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 60 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Photographer, News with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 33 salaries. An experienced Photographer, News which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 41 salaries. A Photographer, News with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 16 salaries.
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