The average hourly pay for a Photojournalist is $15.76.
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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. A bachelor’s degree in journalism may be necessary. A portfolio of past work may have to be shown prior …Read more
- 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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Photojournalist
The top respondents for the job title Photojournalist are from the companies Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc, Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. and Tribune Co. Reported salaries are highest at CBS Corporation where the average pay is $25.13. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include E.W. Scripps Co, earning around $18.75. Tribune Co pays the lowest at around $14.24. Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $16.87.
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Popular Skills for Photojournalist
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Skills in Video Editing, Adobe Photoshop, Editing, Media Management and Apple Final Cut Pro are correlated to pay that is above average.
Pay by Experience Level for Photojournalist
An entry-level Photojournalist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $13.25 based on 9 salaries. An early career Photojournalist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $14.34 based on 119 salaries. A mid-career Photojournalist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.12 based on 72 salaries. An experienced Photojournalist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.22 based on 58 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $20.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Photojournalist in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 84.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Denver, Colorado (49.7% more) and New York, New York (33.2% more).
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