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Highest Paying Industries for Photographers

The top 100 highest paying industries 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 in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $75,580, aerospace product and parts manufacturing is the highest paying industry for photographers. It is followed by transportation equipment manufacturing industry (average annual salary $74,180). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of photographers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Photographers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$75,580
70
2 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$74,180
80
3 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$63,120
110
4 Scientific Research and Development Services
$63,120
110
5 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$55,940
1,060
6 Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
$55,940
40
7 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$55,590
1,070
8 Hospitals - Privately owned
$55,250
150
9 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$55,110
140
10 Manufacturing
$54,930
310
11 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$53,160
200
12 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$52,870
180
13 Air Transportation
$52,830
50
14 Rental and Leasing Services
$52,770
n/a
15 Nonscheduled Air Transportation
$52,680
50
16 Other Information Services
$52,380
320
17 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$52,200
580
18 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$51,930
40
19 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$50,530
30
20 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$49,620
310
21 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$49,340
300
22 Health Care and Social Assistance
$48,740
590
23 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$48,480
30
24 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$48,320
400
25 Educational Services - Privately owned
$48,120
350
26 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$47,940
490
27 Federal, State, and Local Government
$47,940
490
28 Printing and Related Support Activities
$47,880
50
29 Offices of Physicians
$47,800
270
30 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$47,760
360
31 Educational Services - Local government owned
$47,760
70
32 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$47,720
n/a
33 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$47,600
100
34 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$45,670
1,010
35 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$45,030
70
36 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$44,860
700
37 Educational Services
$44,690
820
38 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$44,670
170
39 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$44,460
30
40 Hospitals - Local government owned
$44,460
30
41 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$43,790
170
42 State government, including schools and hospitals
$43,780
590
43 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$43,570
90
44 Testing Laboratories
$43,330
190
45 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$42,790
670
46 Educational Services - State government owned
$42,770
400
47 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$42,690
390
48 Spectator Sports
$41,890
40
49 Engineering Services
$41,870
110
50 Information
$41,090
8,880
51 Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$40,870
n/a
52 Other Support Services
$40,380
40
53 Specialized Design Services
$40,020
220
54 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$39,870
40
55 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$39,730
360
56 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$39,520
820
57 Business Support Services
$39,430
30
58 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$39,370
3,920
59 Television Broadcasting
$39,200
3,780
60 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$39,110
3,820
61 Administrative and Support Services
$39,060
300
62 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$39,060
300
63 Transportation and Warehousing
$38,790
170
64 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$38,600
3,530
65 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$38,600
3,540
66 Nonstore Retailers
$37,760
470
67 Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$37,720
470
68 Newspaper Publishers
$37,610
3,020
69 Temporary Help Services
$37,130
40
70 Retail Trade
$37,130
1,590
71 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$36,790
n/a
72 Wholesale Trade
$36,660
460
73 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$35,370
110
74 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$35,120
350
75 Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)
$34,740
50
76 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$34,090
270
77 Junior colleges - Local government owned
$34,070
40
78 Real Estate
$32,650
70
79 Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers
$32,530
70
80 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$30,740
n/a
81 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$30,730
90
82 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$30,250
2,420
83 Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$29,680
190
84 Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water
$28,840
70
85 Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores
$28,580
n/a
86 Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation
$28,330
90
87 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$27,810
1,070
88 Personal and Laundry Services
$27,740
1,030
89 Employment Services
$27,670
130
90 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$27,590
34,240
91 Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$27,570
160
92 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$27,250
32,870
93 Photographic Services
$27,220
32,720
94 Other Personal Services
$27,040
960
95 Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
$26,470
280
96 Automobile Dealers
$26,050
260
97 Finance and Insurance
$25,920
70
98 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$25,340
70
99 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$24,290
n/a
100 Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores
$21,940
n/a
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