Average Photographer Salary
$49,000 yearly
$17.50 hourly
Updated July 28, 2021
$40,000
10 %
$49,000
Median
$60,000
90 %
Photographers in the United States make an average salary of $49,482 per year or $23.79 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $40,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $60,000. As most things go, location can be critical. New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts provide the highest photographer salaries.

Average Photographer Salary By State

The darker areas on the map show where photographers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Photographer average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
Alabama
$30,217
$30,217
$14.53
$14.53
Alaska
Alaska
$37,161
$37,161
$17.87
$17.87
Arizona
Arizona
$31,770
$31,770
$15.27
$15.27
Arkansas
Arkansas
$29,193
$29,193
$14.04
$14.04
California
California
$38,381
$38,381
$18.45
$18.45
Colorado
Colorado
$27,665
$27,665
$13.30
$13.30
Connecticut
Connecticut
$39,877
$39,877
$19.17
$19.17
Delaware
Delaware
$34,459
$34,459
$16.57
$16.57
District of Columbia
District of Columbia
$32,926
$32,926
$15.83
$15.83
Florida
Florida
$28,945
$28,945
$13.92
$13.92
Georgia
Georgia
$31,943
$31,943
$15.36
$15.36
Hawaii
Hawaii
$31,063
$31,063
$14.93
$14.93
Idaho
Idaho
$29,258
$29,258
$14.07
$14.07
Illinois
Illinois
$29,608
$29,608
$14.23
$14.23
Indiana
Indiana
$29,300
$29,300
$14.09
$14.09
Iowa
Iowa
$28,789
$28,789
$13.84
$13.84
Kansas
Kansas
$28,145
$28,145
$13.53
$13.53
Kentucky
Kentucky
$31,461
$31,461
$15.13
$15.13
Louisiana
Louisiana
$28,900
$28,900
$13.89
$13.89
Maine
Maine
$44,524
$44,524
$21.41
$21.41
Maryland
Maryland
$31,515
$31,515
$15.15
$15.15
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
$41,059
$41,059
$19.74
$19.74
Michigan
Michigan
$32,804
$32,804
$15.77
$15.77
Minnesota
Minnesota
$31,921
$31,921
$15.35
$15.35
Mississippi
Mississippi
$29,502
$29,502
$14.18
$14.18
Missouri
Missouri
$28,279
$28,279
$13.60
$13.60
Montana
Montana
$28,468
$28,468
$13.69
$13.69
Nebraska
Nebraska
$29,113
$29,113
$14.00
$14.00
Nevada
Nevada
$31,551
$31,551
$15.17
$15.17
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
$44,162
$44,162
$21.23
$21.23
New Jersey
New Jersey
$31,394
$31,394
$15.09
$15.09
New Mexico
New Mexico
$29,696
$29,696
$14.28
$14.28
New York
New York
$45,796
$45,796
$22.02
$22.02
North Carolina
North Carolina
$29,622
$29,622
$14.24
$14.24
North Dakota
North Dakota
$31,832
$31,832
$15.30
$15.30
Ohio
Ohio
$30,364
$30,364
$14.60
$14.60
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
$28,211
$28,211
$13.56
$13.56
Oregon
Oregon
$33,887
$33,887
$16.29
$16.29
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
$33,130
$33,130
$15.93
$15.93
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
$42,521
$42,521
$20.44
$20.44
South Carolina
South Carolina
$28,928
$28,928
$13.91
$13.91
South Dakota
South Dakota
$28,869
$28,869
$13.88
$13.88
Tennessee
Tennessee
$28,389
$28,389
$13.65
$13.65
Texas
Texas
$30,187
$30,187
$14.51
$14.51
Utah
Utah
$28,462
$28,462
$13.68
$13.68
Vermont
Vermont
$40,714
$40,714
$19.57
$19.57
Virginia
Virginia
$30,371
$30,371
$14.60
$14.60
Washington
Washington
$34,375
$34,375
$16.53
$16.53
West Virginia
West Virginia
$32,812
$32,812
$15.78
$15.78
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
$30,653
$30,653
$14.74
$14.74
Wyoming
Wyoming
$28,599
$28,599
$13.75
$13.75

Highest Paying Cities For Photographer

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
New York, NY
New York, NY
$45,435
$45,435
$21.84
$21.84
Boston, MA
Boston, MA
$41,358
$41,358
$19.88
$19.88
New Haven, CT
New Haven, CT
$39,799
$39,799
$19.13
$19.13
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
$38,041
$38,041
$18.29
$18.29
Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, PA
$33,374
$33,374
$16.05
$16.05
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
$32,992
$32,992
$15.86
$15.86

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    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Audio Visual Technician

    Avg. salary: $43,430

    An audiovisual technician is responsible for operating and monitoring audiovisual equipment and systems used for various events such as live public events and business conferences. Audiovisual technicians' duties include repairing technical issues, running diagnostic tests before actual use, identifying and resolving malfunctions immediately, assembling system components, installing and arranging equipment on their proper positions, instructing clients on how to operate the systems, and ensuring the safety of the equipment. An audiovisual technician must have a broad knowledge of the technology industry and system procedures to perform setups and installment accurately.
    12,839 Audio Visual Technician Jobs
    Camera Operator

    Avg. salary: $45,594

    A camera operator is responsible for operating various technical equipment to support technical operations, such as media productions and live events. Camera operators must have extensive knowledge of different camera features to select the appropriate device and manage the production's overall visual presentation. They also deliver the perfect footage on different angles for easy editing techniques alongside the technical crews and director's supervision. A camera operator should be communicative, as well as having excellent time-management and multi-tasking skills to adhere to the demands of production and schedules.
    9,861 Camera Operator Jobs
    Freelance Video Editor

    Avg. salary: $53,957

    A freelance video editor offers video editing services to individuals and businesses. Most freelance video editors manage their own time and work at their preferred places, some even working from home. Among their responsibilities include meeting with clients to identify their needs and preferences, negotiating contracts, gathering and editing clips, and completing projects within deadlines. There are also instances when they must shoot videos in adherence to the contract's terms. Moreover, a freelance video editor must establish positive relationships with clients to develop a strong client base.
    8,308 Freelance Video Editor Jobs
    Freelance Producer

    Avg. salary: $66,797

    The responsibilities of a freelance producer are so broad that they can be tricky to define. Broadly, a freelance producer is responsible for finding, launching, and completing a project. They primarily handle logistics pertaining to the creation of various pieces of content. This content may include television shows, advertisements, or audio/video presentations. They also manage finances, keep the production within the allocated budget, and hire all key staff, crew members, and post-production teams. They may also have to scout for shoot locations.
    7,691 Freelance Producer Jobs
    Video Production Internship

    Avg. salary: $30,608

    A video production intern is responsible for supporting the digital content production team in creating engaging video content for the target audience of the business or according to a client's specifications and requirements. Video production interns familiarize themselves with the use of various software tools and applications, shadowing tenured video producers on actual applications and media publications. They assist in publishing video content on digital platforms, responding to the viewers' inquiries and concerns. A video production intern must have excellent organizational and creative skills, especially when recommending content that would attract the audience and bring more potential clients.
    67,179 Video Production Internship Jobs
    Video Producer

    Avg. salary: $58,120

    Generally, a video producer manages and coordinates different aspects of the video production process. Video producers establish and develop multimedia content for internal corporate announcement videos, customer stories, and any other business projects. They also create videos for external promotions, product marketing, and recruitment. A bachelor's degree in video production, broadcasting, or film is necessary for this job. Video producers should know about media communication and production. Their skills should include attention to detail, initiative, leadership skills, and acceptance of criticism.
    6,383 Video Producer Jobs

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    Recently Added Photographer Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Photographer
    Photographer
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Pittsburgh, PA
    06/29/2021
    06/29/2021
    $35,479
    $35,479
    06/29/2021
    Teddy Bear Portraits
    Teddy Bear Portraits
    Photographer
    Photographer
    Photographer
    Danbury, CT
    Danbury, CT
    06/27/2021
    06/27/2021
    $31,305
    $31,305
    06/27/2021
    Teddy Bear Portraits
    Teddy Bear Portraits
    Photographer
    Photographer
    Photographer
    Poughkeepsie, NY
    Poughkeepsie, NY
    06/27/2021
    06/27/2021
    $31,305
    $31,305
    06/27/2021
    Teddy Bear Portraits
    Teddy Bear Portraits
    Photographer
    Photographer
    Photographer
    York, SC
    York, SC
    06/27/2021
    06/27/2021
    $27,131
    $27,131
    06/27/2021
    Teddy Bear Portraits
    Teddy Bear Portraits
    Photographer
    Photographer
    Photographer
    Charlotte, NC
    Charlotte, NC
    06/27/2021
    06/27/2021
    $27,131
    $27,131
    06/27/2021
    Teddy Bear Portraits
    Teddy Bear Portraits
    Photographer
    Photographer
    Photographer
    Clifton, NJ
    Clifton, NJ
    06/27/2021
    06/27/2021
    $31,305
    $31,305
    06/27/2021
    Teddy Bear Portraits
    Teddy Bear Portraits
    Photographer
    Photographer
    Photographer
    Braintree Town, MA
    Braintree Town, MA
    06/27/2021
    06/27/2021
    $31,305
    $31,305
    06/27/2021
    Jostens
    Jostens
    Photographer
    Photographer
    Photographer
    Tulsa, OK
    Tulsa, OK
    06/24/2021
    06/24/2021
    $33,392
    $33,392
    06/24/2021
    Jostens
    Jostens
    Photographer
    Photographer
    Photographer
    Omaha, NE
    Omaha, NE
    06/24/2021
    06/24/2021
    $33,392
    $33,392
    06/24/2021
    Jostens
    Jostens
    Photographer
    Photographer
    Photographer
    Atlanta, GA
    Atlanta, GA
    06/23/2021
    06/23/2021
    $33,392
    $33,392
    06/23/2021

    Average Photographer Salary by Demographic

    Photographer Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $32,457
    female-income
    Female Income
    $28,840
    Median Photographer Income by Race
    Unknown photographers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino photographers have the lowest average salary at $29,323.
    $33,000
    $32,000
    $31,000
    $30,000
    $29,000
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Unknown
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$30,025
    Black or African American$30,052
    Asian$31,922
    Unknown$31,922
    Hispanic or Latino$29,323
    Average Photographer Salary by Education Level
    Photographers with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $36,640 annually. With a Bachelors degree, photographers earn a median annual income of $35,186 compared to $32,457 for photographers with an Associate degree.
    $37,000
    $35,000
    $33,000
    $31,000
    $29,000
    High School Diploma or Less
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Master's Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$30,828
    Some College/ Associate Degree$32,457
    Bachelor's Degree$35,186
    Master's Degree$36,640