The salary statistics of photographers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of photographers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The photographers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) photographers is $76,220. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $34,070. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,110. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 298% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of photographers from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of photographers in 15 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for photographers occupations is the manufacturing sector with an annual salary $62,130. The lowest paying sector is the finance and insurance sector (annual salary $19,980).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
From the above tables we note that not only photographers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of photographers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $23,820 to $57,400. The highest paying state for photographers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $57,400. The lowest paying state is Arizona with a median annual salary of $23,820. For more salary information of photographers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|District of Columbia|| |
|New York|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|North Carolina|| |