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Highest Paying States for Photographers

The highest paying states 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 states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $57,400, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for photographers. It is followed by New York (average annual salary $52,050). 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 state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Photographers

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 District of Columbia
$57,400
$32,190 180
2 New York
$52,050
$23,210 3,830
3 Massachusetts
$48,390
$22,980 1,210
4 Rhode Island
$43,790
$22,980 200
5 California
$41,980
$21,420 6,630
6 Connecticut
$40,760
$25,760 610
7 Maine
$40,680
$18,650 110
8 Washington
$39,600
$23,220 1,280
9 Alaska
$39,350
$24,860 50
10 Colorado
$39,180
$19,170 690
11 Oregon
$38,930
$23,830 500
12 Georgia
$37,490
$22,330 1,310
13 Missouri
$37,480
$19,100 1,180
14 Minnesota
$37,470
$22,010 920
15 Puerto Rico
$36,760
$18,670 130
16 Nevada
$36,250
$21,260 740
17 Michigan
$36,170
$19,190 1,340
18 Vermont
$35,660
$22,750 110
19 Delaware
$35,630
$21,870 80
20 North Dakota
$35,340
$20,700 80
21 Wisconsin
$34,980
$18,330 920
22 Illinois
$34,190
$21,440 2,000
23 Florida
$34,060
$19,020 3,680
24 Alabama
$32,290
$17,230 470
25 Utah
$32,130
$17,420 680
26 Virginia
$31,460
$17,650 950
27 South Dakota
$31,310
$23,210 110
28 Kansas
$31,160
$19,390 420
29 Indiana
$31,130
$20,840 1,080
30 Kentucky
$30,370
$17,560 470
31 South Carolina
$30,090
$16,590 550
32 Oklahoma
$30,020
$20,040 690
33 Arkansas
$29,900
$18,240 380
34 New Hampshire
$29,710
$22,150 160
35 New Mexico
$29,590
$20,410 230
36 West Virginia
$29,550
$19,080 140
37 Pennsylvania
$29,200
$17,510 1,660
38 Tennessee
$29,040
$17,100 930
39 Maryland
$28,160
$18,790 970
40 New Jersey
$28,140
$18,890 1,350
41 Ohio
$27,970
$18,020 1,830
42 Texas
$27,890
$17,160 3,040
43 Iowa
$27,800
$17,070 550
44 Wyoming
$27,750
$19,030 60
45 Mississippi
$27,740
$16,820 200
46 Montana
$27,520
$17,950 90
47 Idaho
$27,120
$17,350 180
48 Hawaii
$27,030
$18,210 440
49 Nebraska
$26,740
$19,190 410
50 Louisiana
$25,460
$17,190 360
51 North Carolina
$24,790
$16,990 1,730
52 Guam
$24,510
$17,270 50
53 Arizona
$23,820
$18,170 880
See also: Highest paying industries for photographers, Top Paying Jobs in America.