The average annual and hourly salaries for photographers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of photographers among California cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$22,410|
|25th Percentile Wage||$25,660|
|50th Percentile Wage||$40,040|
|75th Percentile Wage||$69,260|
|90th Percentile Wage||$89,750|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for photographers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $89,750. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $40,040. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,410.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of photographers from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
Table 3 shows the median annual salary of photographers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of photographers in state of California ranges from $19,940 to $58,260. The highest paying area for photographers in California is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale with a median annual salary of $58,260. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana (mean annual salary $56,150). The lowest paying area is Santa Cruz-Watsonville with a median annual salary of $19,940.
|Cities/Areas||Median Annual Salary|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana|| |
|San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City|| |
|San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont|| |
|Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine|| |
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura|| |
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara|| |
|Santa Rosa-Petaluma|| |
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario|| |
|San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos|| |
|Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta|| |
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville|| |