Photographers Salary Information

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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Photographers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,400
25th Percentile Wage
$23,190
50th Percentile Wage
$32,490
75th Percentile Wage
$50,820
90th Percentile Wage
$75,080

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 $75,080. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $32,490. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,400. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 287% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$32,490
-4.86% 12.31%
2016
$34,070
6.93% -
2015
$31,710
3.85% -
2014
$30,490
3.97% -
2013
$29,280
2.70% -
2012
$28,490
- -

Table 2. Photographers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of photographers in 16 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 $61,440. The lowest paying sector is the finance and insurance sector (annual salary $21,020).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing
$61,440
Health Care and Social Assistance
$52,980
Federal, State, and Local Government
$51,670
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$50,690
Educational Services
$46,010
Information
$45,070
Accommodation and Food Services
$44,020
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$38,630
Wholesale Trade
$36,040
Retail Trade
$34,510
Transportation and Warehousing
$33,040
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$31,810
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$28,850
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$26,970
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$26,120
Finance and Insurance
$21,020

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Photographers by States

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 $24,150 to $64,930. The highest paying state for photographers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $64,930. The lowest paying state is Louisiana with a median annual salary of $24,150. 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
$64,930
New York
$52,050
Rhode Island
$49,350
Vermont
$43,340
Mississippi
$40,260
California
$40,040
Massachusetts
$39,170
Minnesota
$38,980
Washington
$38,660
Alaska
$37,340
Utah
$36,220
Michigan
$36,170
Puerto Rico
$36,050
Kentucky
$35,680
North Dakota
$34,920
Georgia
$34,780
Connecticut
$34,780
Florida
$33,400
Kansas
$33,090
Delaware
$31,870
New Hampshire
$31,650
Illinois
$31,580
Virginia
$31,460
Wisconsin
$31,120
Oregon
$30,860
Nevada
$30,660
Alabama
$30,420
Pennsylvania
$30,370
South Dakota
$29,550
Colorado
$29,470
Indiana
$29,410
Maine
$29,230
Wyoming
$29,200
New Mexico
$29,170
Missouri
$28,830
Hawaii
$28,530
Nebraska
$28,380
Oklahoma
$28,310
Arkansas
$28,250
Tennessee
$28,250
Ohio
$28,200
Iowa
$28,020
South Carolina
$27,840
North Carolina
$27,290
New Jersey
$26,540
Montana
$26,430
Texas
$26,330
West Virginia
$26,030
Idaho
$25,730
Maryland
$25,310
Guam
$24,510
Arizona
$24,220
Louisiana
$24,150



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