Photographer Statistics in the US

The average employee age for photographers is 38 years. The photographer workforce reached a whopping 38,982 in 2020!

Among photographers, we discovered that 58.9% of them are women, while 36.8% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among photographers is White, which makes up 70.0% of all photographers. Comparatively, there are 15.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 6.4% of the Black or African American ethnicity. The majority of photographers are located in NY, New York and CA, Los Angeles.

Photographers are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, photographers are more likely to find a job in the hospitality industry. Looking at photographer statistics, we found was that New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts are where photographers find the highest salaries.

From where do we know all information about photographer demographics? We analyzed 60,908 photographers resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Photographer Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as photographers. Keep reading to find out what the results for photographers were.

Photographer Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among photographers is White, which makes up 70.0% of all photographers. Comparatively, there are 15.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 6.4% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

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  • White, 70.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 14.9%
  • Black or African American, 6.4%
  • Asian, 5.8%
  • Unknown, 2.7%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.2%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Photographers

The chart below shows that 59.7% of photographers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 9.2% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 4.0%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 59.7%
  • French, 9.2%
  • Chinese, 4.0%
  • German, 3.9%
  • Mandarin, 3.1%
  • Other, 20.1%

Photographer Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among photographers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Photographer Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the photographer position over time.

Male
Female
57%
54%
51%
48%
45%
42%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Photographer Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of photographers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of photographers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Photographer

By looking over 60,908 photographers resumes, we figured out that the average photographer enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 31%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Photographer Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of photographer employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of photographers is 40+ years old, which represents 42% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Photographers with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, broadcast maintenance engineer and director of audio visual services have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Photographer Helper22%71%
Studio Associate25%71%
Wild Life Photographer26%74%
Photographer37%59%
Audio Installer90%7%
Director Of Audio Visual Services92%7%
Broadcast Maintenance Engineer96%2%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Broadcast Maintenance Engineer
Director Of Audio Visual Services
Audio Installer
Photographer
Wild Life Photographer
Studio Associate
Photographer Helper
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Photographers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to photographers.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Trampoline Team Coach11.50%
Laserist15.01%
Photographer15.91%
Live Truck Technician19.89%
Design Internship27.16%
Assistant Director35.05%
Medium37.57%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Photographer?

male-income
Male Income
$32,457
female-income
Female Income
$28,840

Photographer Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Asian men and Black or African American men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$35,359
$33,805
$32,252
$30,699
$29,146
$27,592
$26,039
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Photographer Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
High School Diploma or Less$32,109
Some College/ Associate Degree$33,805
Bachelor's Degree$36,647
Master's Degree$38,162

Photographer Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$42,496
$40,329
$38,162
$35,995
$33,829
$31,662
$29,495
$27,328
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Photographer Heatmaps

Where Do Photographers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where photographers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Photographers Located?

By looking through more than 60,908 resumes, we found that the most popular places for photographers are NY, New York and CA, Los Angeles.

Number of Photographers

Where Are Photographers In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country photographers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Photographer Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ photographers. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most photographers is the hospitality industry.

What Percentage Of Photographer Jobs Are Remote?

0.9% Remote

Freelance, outsourced or remote workers who spend much of their time working from home.

99.1% On-Site

Some of the vacancies require to stay on-site without possibility of working remotely.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire photographers.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Photographer Work In

Employees with the photographer job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most photographers prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Private

Public

Government

Education

Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ photographers. Those industries include hospitality, retail and media.

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Hospitality

Retail

Fortune 500

Media

Non Profits

Photographer Jobs