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Highest Paying Cities for Photographers

The top 100 highest paying cities for photographers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of photographers in those cities are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with a annual salary of $65,920, Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Massachusetts is the highest paying city for photographers. It is followed by Niles-Benton Harbor, Michigan (average annual salary $63,330). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of photographers in a specific city, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Cities/Areas for Photographers

Rank City/Area Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Massachusetts
$65,920
n/a
2 Niles-Benton Harbor, Michigan
$63,330
40
3 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$58,260
2,430
4 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$56,150
3,390
5 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$54,240
350
6 Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area, Pennsylvania
$54,120
40
7 Trenton-Ewing, New Jersey
$53,620
50
8 Worcester, Massachusetts
$53,360
60
9 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, USA
$53,180
3,040
10 Modesto, California
$52,750
40
11 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$50,770
3,350
12 Chattanooga, Tennessee
$50,350
80
13 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Michigan
$50,240
190
14 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$50,240
230
15 San Rafael, USA
$49,660
30
16 Norwich-New London, Rhode Island
$49,380
70
17 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio
$48,130
300
18 Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine
$47,790
40
19 Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island
$47,260
260
20 Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, USA
$47,090
610
21 West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Florida
$46,820
140
22 New York-Jersey City-White Plains, USA
$46,380
3,650
23 Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont
$46,150
50
24 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$46,060
720
25 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$46,000
680
26 Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area, Virginia
$45,970
40
27 Anchorage, Alaska
$45,440
40
28 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
$45,390
190
29 Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, South Carolina
$45,120
110
30 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$44,900
710
31 North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida
$44,770
50
32 Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, Michigan
$44,540
40
33 Santa Fe, New Mexico
$44,300
50
34 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$44,280
750
35 Ann Arbor, Michigan
$44,000
100
36 Rochester, Minnesota
$43,830
40
37 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan
$43,650
730
38 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$43,600
710
39 Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area, Mississippi
$43,060
50
40 Louisville-Jefferson County, Kentucky
$43,030
190
41 Appleton, Wisconsin
$43,030
30
42 New Haven, Connecticut
$42,280
90
43 Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, New Hampshire
$42,080
80
44 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$41,720
770
45 Northern Utah nonmetropolitan area, Utah
$41,670
40
46 Montgomery, Alabama
$41,520
110
47 Sandusky, Ohio
$41,180
50
48 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida
$40,940
960
49 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, USA
$40,730
540
50 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida
$40,590
560
51 Greensboro-High Point, North Carolina
$40,370
190
52 Syracuse, New York
$40,050
60
53 Jackson, Mississippi
$40,030
90
54 Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
$40,020
30
55 Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area, Vermont
$39,940
30
56 Charlottesville, Virginia
$39,940
30
57 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
$39,880
160
58 Gainesville, Florida
$39,850
50
59 Honolulu, Hawaii
$39,840
380
60 Bloomington, Indiana
$39,770
40
61 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$39,670
4,120
62 Elgin, USA
$39,650
40
63 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$39,300
170
64 Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Florida
$39,160
270
65 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida
$39,050
130
66 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$38,980
1,010
67 South Bend-Mishawaka, Michigan
$38,820
80
68 Fort Wayne, Indiana
$38,700
70
69 Port St Lucie, Florida
$38,480
30
70 Peabody, Massachusetts
$38,420
40
71 Kansas City, Missouri
$38,290
350
72 Salt Lake City, Utah
$38,120
320
73 Waco, Texas
$37,760
30
74 Spartanburg, South Carolina
$37,700
30
75 South Georgia nonmetropolitan area, Georgia
$37,470
40
76 Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky
$37,420
70
77 Northcentral Colorado nonmetropolitan area, Colorado
$37,400
130
78 Springfield, Illinois
$37,310
40
79 Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado
$37,310
40
80 Savannah, Georgia
$36,800
40
81 Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, USA
$36,780
240
82 San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
$36,780
150
83 Cheyenne, Wyoming
$36,250
40
84 Tuscaloosa, Alabama
$36,140
50
85 Dover, Delaware
$36,070
40
86 Columbia, South Carolina
$35,960
130
87 West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area, Ohio
$35,930
30
88 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan
$35,880
150
89 Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey
$35,780
40
90 Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area, Minnesota
$35,740
50
91 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$35,730
770
92 Fargo, North Dakota
$35,700
50
93 Flint, Michigan
$35,700
40
94 Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
$35,460
200
95 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
$35,280
150
96 Wilmington, New Jersey
$35,170
80
97 Buffalo-Niagara Falls, New York
$35,090
100
98 South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area, Wisconsin
$35,070
30
99 Binghamton, New York
$35,000
n/a
100 Jacksonville, Florida
$35,000
200
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