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Photographers Salary Information in Illinois

The average annual and hourly salaries for photographers in the state of Illinois are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of photographers amongst Illinois cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Photographers in Illinois

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,240
25th Percentile Wage
$24,470
50th Percentile Wage
$31,580
75th Percentile Wage
$42,860
90th Percentile Wage
$54,680

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for photographers in Illinois in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $54,680. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $31,580. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,240.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of photographers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$31,580
-8.26% -17.61%
2016
$34,190
8.60% -
2015
$31,250
-2.72% -
2014
$32,100
12.55% -
2013
$28,070
-32.31% -
2012
$37,140
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Photographers in Illinois Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of photographers in some Illinois cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of photographers in state of Illinois ranges from $23,190 to $40,020. The highest paying area for photographers in Illinois is Champaign-Urbana with a median annual salary of $40,020. The second highest paying city/area in Illinois State is Springfield (mean annual salary $37,310). The lowest paying area is Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $23,190.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Champaign-Urbana
$40,020
Springfield
$37,310
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division)
$32,930
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area)
$32,160
Peoria
$30,390
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$29,720
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$24,030
Rockford
$24,010
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$23,190




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