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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
$19,690
25th Percentile Wage
$22,150
50th Percentile Wage
$29,640
75th Percentile Wage
$61,800
90th Percentile Wage
$79,120

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 $79,120. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $29,640. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid photographers is $19,690.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of photographers in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201629,6403.21%19.30%
201528,690-5.44%-
201430,25010.78%-
201326,99011.37%-
201223,920--

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

The average salaries of photographers in ten 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 spectator sports industry with an annual salary $39,960. The lowest paying industry is the theater companies and dinner theaters industry (annual salary $19,090). For detailed photographers salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Spectator Sports
$39,960
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$39,090
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$38,570
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$31,810
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$31,810
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$24,990
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$24,290
Amusement Parks and Arcades
$22,730
Performing Arts Companies
$19,850
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
$19,090

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].




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