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Photographers Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

The salary statistics of photographers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare photographers salaries in different industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector.

Average Annual Salary of Photographers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,100
25th Percentile Wage
$22,180
50th Percentile Wage
$28,850
75th Percentile Wage
$44,080
90th Percentile Wage
$67,850

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for photographers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services. 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 $67,850. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $28,850. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid photographers is $19,100.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of photographers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$28,850
-5.75% 11.72%
2016
$30,510
5.38% -
2015
$28,870
4.43% -
2014
$27,590
5.22% -
2013
$26,150
2.60% -
2012
$25,470
- -

Compare Photographers Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

The average salaries of photographers in 13 industries in the professional, scientific, and technical services 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 scientific research and development services industry with an annual salary $55,580. The lowest paying industry is the photographic services industry (annual salary $28,470). For detailed photographers salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Scientific Research and Development Services
$55,580
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$54,350
Engineering Services
$52,160
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$47,300
Testing Laboratories
$46,970
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$45,350
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$40,020
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$37,770
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$35,880
Specialized Design Services
$30,490
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$28,850
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$28,520
Photographic Services
$28,470

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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