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Photographers Salary in Sector of Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

The salary statistics of photographers in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare photographers salaries in different industries within the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector.

Average Annual Salary of Photographers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,640
25th Percentile Wage
$21,710
50th Percentile Wage
$26,970
75th Percentile Wage
$46,780
90th Percentile Wage
$65,400

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for photographers in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation. 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 $65,400. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $26,970. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid photographers is $18,640.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of photographers in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$26,970
-9.90% 11.31%
2016
$29,640
3.21% -
2015
$28,690
-5.44% -
2014
$30,250
10.78% -
2013
$26,990
11.37% -
2012
$23,920
- -

Compare Photographers Salary in Different Industries within the Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Sector

The average salaries of photographers in eleven industries in the arts, entertainment, and recreation 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 promoters of performing arts, sports, and similar events industry with an annual salary $43,700. The lowest paying industry is the other amusement and recreation industries industry (annual salary $18,410). For detailed photographers salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$43,700
Spectator Sports
$43,490
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$34,830
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$33,440
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$26,130
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$26,130
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$24,550
Amusement Parks and Arcades
$22,730
Performing Arts Companies
$19,850
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
$19,090
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$18,410

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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