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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 $64,930, 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 2018 [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
$64,930
$32,100 260
2 New York
$52,050
$23,210 4,270
3 Rhode Island
$49,350
$31,770 220
4 Vermont
$43,340
$22,950 100
5 Mississippi
$40,260
$18,740 230
6 California
$40,040
$22,410 5,810
7 Massachusetts
$39,170
$23,410 1,210
8 Minnesota
$38,980
$20,950 950
9 Washington
$38,660
$25,590 1,050
10 Alaska
$37,340
$21,360 50
11 Utah
$36,220
$18,920 470
12 Michigan
$36,170
$19,190 1,420
13 Puerto Rico
$36,050
$17,930 160
14 Kentucky
$35,680
$20,020 410
15 North Dakota
$34,920
$23,280 100
16 Georgia
$34,780
$21,040 1,480
17 Connecticut
$34,780
$21,680 630
18 Florida
$33,400
$18,680 4,040
19 Kansas
$33,090
$16,920 400
20 Delaware
$31,870
$22,320 110
21 New Hampshire
$31,650
$23,090 180
22 Illinois
$31,580
$20,240 2,540
23 Virginia
$31,460
$17,650 1,030
24 Wisconsin
$31,120
$18,010 1,060
25 Oregon
$30,860
$21,570 650
26 Nevada
$30,660
$20,050 590
27 Alabama
$30,420
$18,330 480
28 Pennsylvania
$30,370
$17,130 1,700
29 South Dakota
$29,550
$22,510 130
30 Colorado
$29,470
$19,660 760
31 Indiana
$29,410
$18,060 770
32 Maine
$29,230
$19,170 120
33 Wyoming
$29,200
$19,880 50
34 New Mexico
$29,170
$20,360 250
35 Missouri
$28,830
$18,430 970
36 Hawaii
$28,530
$19,350 410
37 Nebraska
$28,380
$19,590 300
38 Oklahoma
$28,310
$18,280 540
39 Arkansas
$28,250
$18,820 330
40 Tennessee
$28,250
$17,290 870
41 Ohio
$28,200
$18,490 2,000
42 Iowa
$28,020
$17,560 480
43 South Carolina
$27,840
$16,610 630
44 North Carolina
$27,290
$17,400 1,720
45 New Jersey
$26,540
$19,000 1,500
46 Montana
$26,430
$17,990 100
47 Texas
$26,330
$17,480 3,280
48 West Virginia
$26,030
$19,620 140
49 Idaho
$25,730
$16,960 220
50 Maryland
$25,310
$19,500 940
51 Guam
$24,510
$17,270 50
52 Arizona
$24,220
$20,810 880
53 Louisiana
$24,150
$17,880 480
See also: Highest paying industries for photographers, Top Paying Jobs in America.