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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 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 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage 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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of photographers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$40,040
-4.85% 2.77%
2016
$41,980
6.77% -
2015
$39,140
-2.71% -
2014
$40,200
4.18% -
2013
$38,520
-1.06% -
2012
$38,930
- -

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 $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
$58,260
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$56,150
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$54,240
Modesto
$52,750
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$44,900
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$43,600
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$35,280
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$34,330
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$33,710
Chico
$32,830
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$32,330
Bakersfield-Delano
$31,860
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$30,630
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$28,330
Fresno
$26,590
Vallejo-Fairfield
$26,470
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$24,730
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$22,050
Salinas
$21,600
Visalia-Porterville
$21,320
Stockton
$20,100
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$19,940




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