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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 $58,590, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California is the highest paying city for photographers. It is followed by Springfield, Massachusetts (average annual salary $57,460). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [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 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$58,590
2,900
2 Springfield, Massachusetts
$57,460
70
3 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$56,150
3,390
4 Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area, Pennsylvania
$54,120
40
5 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$53,770
670
6 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$53,360
320
7 Modesto, California
$52,750
50
8 Worcester, Massachusetts
$51,410
50
9 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$50,770
3,350
10 New Haven, Connecticut
$50,640
90
11 Trenton-Ewing, New Jersey
$50,580
50
12 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$50,330
360
13 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Michigan
$49,560
250
14 Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont
$48,870
40
15 Ann Arbor, Michigan
$48,150
90
16 St Louis, Missouri
$47,980
500
17 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$47,850
4,120
18 Chattanooga, Tennessee
$47,800
80
19 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$47,720
870
20 Rochester, Minnesota
$47,660
50
21 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$47,540
1,020
22 Norwich-New London, Rhode Island
$47,350
120
23 Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine
$46,260
40
24 Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
$46,240
240
25 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$46,180
130
26 Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area, Virginia
$45,970
40
27 Kansas City, Missouri
$45,820
410
28 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
$45,390
190
29 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$45,210
680
30 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$45,160
970
31 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
$44,740
130
32 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida
$44,620
360
33 Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, Michigan
$44,540
40
34 Santa Fe, New Mexico
$44,300
60
35 Anchorage, Alaska
$43,860
40
36 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan
$43,650
560
37 North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida
$43,610
40
38 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$43,600
710
39 Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, South Carolina
$43,050
100
40 Boulder, Colorado
$42,560
50
41 Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area, South Dakota
$42,320
40
42 Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island
$41,450
240
43 Sandusky, Ohio
$41,180
50
44 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$41,100
420
45 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$40,900
160
46 South Bend-Mishawaka, Michigan
$40,720
80
47 Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky
$39,950
100
48 Honolulu, Hawaii
$39,840
380
49 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin
$39,790
330
50 Bloomington, Indiana
$39,770
40
51 Charleston, West Virginia
$39,630
40
52 Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, New Hampshire
$39,300
80
53 Wilmington, New Jersey
$38,940
60
54 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$38,810
650
55 Nassau-Suffolk, New York
$38,730
400
56 Montgomery, Alabama
$38,670
90
57 Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
$38,440
210
58 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$38,430
700
59 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$38,280
370
60 Port St Lucie, Florida
$38,240
30
61 Buffalo-Niagara Falls, New York
$38,130
100
62 Fargo, North Dakota
$38,000
40
63 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
$37,840
140
64 Waco, Texas
$37,760
30
65 San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
$37,730
120
66 Spartanburg, South Carolina
$37,700
30
67 South Georgia nonmetropolitan area, Georgia
$37,470
40
68 Sioux Falls, South Dakota
$37,430
30
69 Northcentral Colorado nonmetropolitan area, Colorado
$37,400
130
70 Springfield, Illinois
$37,310
40
71 Gainesville, Florida
$37,190
50
72 Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas
$37,150
300
73 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$37,150
940
74 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut
$37,080
150
75 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$36,900
1,310
76 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$36,820
870
77 Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area, Minnesota
$36,550
50
78 Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada
$36,440
670
79 Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado
$36,400
40
80 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio
$36,330
340
81 Cheyenne, Wyoming
$36,250
40
82 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$36,160
290
83 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida
$36,160
40
84 Tuscaloosa, Alabama
$36,140
50
85 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$36,040
1,590
86 Salt Lake City, Utah
$36,030
300
87 Appleton, Wisconsin
$35,970
60
88 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida
$35,970
840
89 Columbia, South Carolina
$35,960
70
90 Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey
$35,840
40
91 Green Bay, Wisconsin
$35,790
110
92 Jacksonville, Florida
$35,720
140
93 Lubbock, Texas
$35,700
50
94 Spokane, Washington
$35,550
100
95 Richmond, Virginia
$35,430
140
96 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
$35,090
350
97 Auburn-Opelika, Alabama
$34,940
n/a
98 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$34,720
210
99 Columbus, Ohio
$34,490
330
100 Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area, Michigan
$34,380
50
See also: Highest paying industries for photographers.