Photojournalist Salary

The average Photojournalist in the United States earns approximately $15.53 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the specific company. A fair number enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a majority get vision benefits. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$27,178 - $61,823
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$37K
$62K
MEDIAN: $37,043
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$11.99 - $22.98
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MEDIAN: $15.37
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Salary $27,178 - $61,823
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$26,459 - $57,467
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 97
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $11.99 - $22.98
Overtime $13.96 - $34.81
Annual Data $0$57K
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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$26,459 - $57,467
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 96

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.

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Photojournalist 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 Photojournalist


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Photojournalists may enjoy a small increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder to roles like Video Editor, which pays $41K on average annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Photojournalist


Popular Skills for Photojournalist


Survey results imply that Photojournalists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Editing and Apple Final Cut Pro are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent and 21 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Product Photography. Employees educated in Adobe Photoshop are typically practiced in Video Editing, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Photojournalist

Pay by Experience for a Photojournalist has a positive trend. An entry-level Photojournalist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 97 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Photojournalist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 46 salaries. An experienced Photojournalist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 54 salaries. A Photojournalist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 39 salaries.

Photojournalist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Photojournalist?

Photojournalist in Milwaukee:
"Something new."
Pros: The people, always something new.
Cons: Hours, unfair treatment.

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Key Stats for Photojournalist

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%

Experience Affects Photojournalist Salaries

▲35%

▲28%

▲15%

National Average
$36,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Photojournalist Salaries

Editing
▲32%

Apple Final Cut Pro
▲22%



Photography
▼0%

National Average
$36,000

Product Photography
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 20%