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Photographers Salary Information in California

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 amongst 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Photographers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21,420
25th Percentile Wage
$25,920
50th Percentile Wage
$41,980
75th Percentile Wage
$71,050
90th Percentile Wage
$90,880

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 $90,880. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $41,980. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21,420.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$10.30
25th Percentile Wage
$12.46
50th Percentile Wage
$20.18
75th Percentile Wage
$34.15
90th Percentile Wage
$43.69

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for photographers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $43.69. The median hourly salary is $20.18. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $10.30.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of photographers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201641,9806.77%7.27%
201539,140-2.71%-
201440,2004.18%-
201338,520-1.06%-
201238,930--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Photographers in California Cities

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 $20,100 to $58,590. The highest paying area for photographers in California is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale with a median annual salary of $58,590. 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 Stockton with a median annual salary of $20,100.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$58,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$56,150
Modesto
$52,750
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$50,330
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$45,210
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$44,740
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$43,600
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$38,280
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$37,840
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$36,160
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$35,090
Chico
$32,830
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$32,330
Bakersfield-Delano
$31,350
Vallejo-Fairfield
$26,470
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$25,340
Fresno
$24,770
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$22,050
Salinas
$21,600
Visalia-Porterville
$21,320
Stockton
$20,100


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