Photographers Salary in Sector of Retail Trade

The salary statistics of photographers in the industry sector of retail trade are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare photographers salaries in different industries within the retail trade sector.

Average Annual Salary of Photographers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for photographers in the industry sector of retail trade. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) photographers is $63,690. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $34,510. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid photographers is $19,450.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of photographers in the industry sector of retail trade from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
-9.16% -1.22%
13.43% -
-13.86% -
-12.39% -
16.30% -
- -

Compare Photographers Salary in Different Industries within the Retail Trade Sector

The average salaries of photographers in 18 industries in the retail trade sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for photographers occupations is the jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores industry with an annual salary $56,920. The lowest paying industry is the book stores and news dealers industry (annual salary $21,660). For detailed photographers salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers
Clothing Stores
Nonstore Retailers
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores
Miscellaneous Store Retailers
Home Furnishings Stores
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores
Sporting Goods Stores
Automobile Dealers
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
Miscellaneous Store Retailers
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers
Used Merchandise Stores
Book Stores and News Dealers

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].


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