National Geographic overview

National Geographic is an American pay television network and flagship channel that is owned by National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the National Geographic Society, with the operational management handled by Walt Disney Television.
The staff at National Geographic come from unusually diverse demographic backgrounds. The organization is 50.4% female and 46.5% ethnic minorities. Despite its diversity in other areas, National Geographic employees are noticeably lacking in political diversity. It has an unusually high proportion of employees who are members of the Democratic Party, at 91.7%. Employees seem to enjoy working in an otherwise diverse workplace that is dominated by members of the Democratic Party. National Geographic has great employee retention with staff members usually staying with the organization for 3.3 years. The average employee at National Geographic makes $50,929 per year. Pay at National Geographic is significantly lower than some of its highest paying competitors, like Conde Nast, The New York Times Company, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which pay $71,371, $65,425, and $64,036, respectively.
A large media organization with 1,700 employees and an annual revenue of $593.2M, National Geographic is headquartered in Washington, District of Columbia.







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  • Gary Knell (ceo)
  • National Partners (owner)

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What was your most arduous location/duration/situation during your career in the field?

I had many - I was held up at gunpoint when I was traveling through the rainforest of Gabon. The passenger we had given a ride ended up knowing the person with the gun and all was ok.
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Do you feel like capturing moments like these for as large an audience as National Geographic will help people care more about conservation and climate change?

Hi - I hope so but I am also very realistic about not over exaggerating the value of what we do. I think if any organisation on earth can exact change it's National Geographic and I'm proud to work for them trying to do that. But I'm also realistic about my own impact. I guess I do some good - is hoot conservation stories that I hope will change peoples minds. The issue that we really need to fix however is that we tend to change the minds of people in the west far more than people on the ground in the countries where we tell the stories. We need to make more impact in places like south america and Africa - I have to say that Nat Geo is working on this and making real in roads. Thanks!
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Reddit UserOctober 2017
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Hi Charlie. What is the most brutal aspect of your job?

HI thanks for your question. To be honest I don' think any part of my job is actually brutal. Its often physically very demanding and often very uncomfortable but not brutal. I do, I have to say, get a bit bored of 'ego warriors' as I call them who appear on tv and the media saying how tough and hard and I guess brutal their lives and jobs are - the truth is we spend a lot of time sitting in cars and planes and boats. It's physically tough sometimes but always in extraordinary places> thanks!
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Reddit UserOctober 2017
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HI, thanks for doing this. Can you describe a typical shoot in terms of time commitment? I mean, I have the impression that you go to a location where you think your subject might be and then just sit there 18 hours a day for weeks on end. Is that accurate or typical?

thanks for the question - well yes that's pretty accurate. The older I get though the less I choose shoots where I have to do that though. But the deal is - the more time you put in to shooting images of animals, the more you get out. It's a really simple equation. It also depends where and what your shooting. If I'm shooting a specific bird at a nest for instance it's all about sitting in the blind and waiting - for the bird and the light. If I'm shooting in Africa its about driving around and looking for the subject. You do have to get used to lots of early mornings and long hours though - but its fun. Thanks
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Reddit UserOctober 2017
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Hi Charlie, while taking pictures for nature if u see a prey vs predator moment in wild are you allowed to help the prey survive?

HI kd2135 - thanks for your question. We get asked this a lot. My answer is always no - I would never get involved in a predator v prey interaction in the wild. It's really hard sometimes to watch moments when prey animals get attacked but my job isn't to rescue them and change the dynamic of predators and prey.
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National Geographic Rankings

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National Geographic Salaries

How much does National Geographic pay?
The national average salary for a National Geographic employee in the United States is $50,929 per year. Employees in the top 10 percent can make over $103,000 per year, while employees at the bottom 10 percent earn less than $25,000 per year.
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National Geographic Salaries By Job Title

While the average employee salary at National Geographic is $50,929, there is a big variation in pay depending on the role. Some of the positions that earn high wages at National Geographic include Consultant, Director Of Photography, Digital Imaging Technician, and Manager. A worker with the title Consultant salary at National Geographic can earn an average yearly salary of $100,725. Some of the other roles at National Geographic are Data Entry Clerk and Customer Service Representative. A worker with the title Data Entry Clerk at National Geographic earns an average salary of $28,850 per year.

National Geographic careers

On average, employees at National Geographic stay with the company for 3.3 years. Employees most commonly join National Geographic after leaving Discovery. When they leave National Geographic, they most frequently get their next job at Discovery.

Average Length of Employment

National Geographic

3.3 years
Conde Nast3.1 years
Discovery2.6 years
Lonely Planet2.5 years
Top Employers Before National Geographic
Discovery22.3 %
CNN7.1 %
ABC Co5.7 %
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Top Employers After National Geographic
Discovery17.2 %
AARP5.7 %
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National Geographic Competitors

Based on our research, similar companies to National Geographic are Conde Nast, The New York Times Company, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The average salaries at Conde Nast rank the highest, with their employees earning an average salary of $71,371 per year. Employees at The New York Times Company earn an average of $65,425 per year, and the employees at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt earn an average salary of $64,036 per year.

Frequently Asked Questions about National Geographic

When was National Geographic founded?

National Geographic was founded in 1888.

How many Employees does National Geographic have?

National Geographic has 1,700 employees.

How much money does National Geographic make?

National Geographic generates $593.2M in revenue.

What industry is National Geographic in?

National Geographic is in the media industry.

What type of company is National Geographic?

National Geographic is a nonprofit company.

Who are National Geographic's competitors?

National Geographic competitors include Discovery, Lonely Planet, Conde Nast, NBCUniversal, Meredith, FOX, WWE, WGBH, The New York Times Company, Universal Music Group, American Media, A&E Networks, Martha Stewart, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Paramount Pictures, Hearst, The Washington Post, Pearson Education, Univision Network LP, Gannett.

Who works at National Geographic?

Gary Knell (ceo)

National Partners (owner)

Where is National Geographic's headquarters?

National Geographic's headquarters is in Washington, DC.

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