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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Photographers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,110
25th Percentile Wage
$23,480
50th Percentile Wage
$34,070
75th Percentile Wage
$52,220
90th Percentile Wage
$76,220

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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of photographers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201634,0706.93%16.38%
201531,7103.85%-
201430,4903.97%-
201329,2802.70%-
201228,490--

Table 2. Photographers Salary by Industry Sector

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
Manufacturing
$62,130
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$52,210
Health Care and Social Assistance
$51,770
Federal, State, and Local Government
$50,900
Educational Services
$46,990
Information
$45,310
Retail Trade
$37,670
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$37,220
Transportation and Warehousing
$36,170
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$35,310
Wholesale Trade
$35,220
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$30,510
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$29,640
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$26,320
Finance and Insurance
$19,980

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 $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
$57,400
New York
$52,050
Massachusetts
$48,390
Rhode Island
$43,790
California
$41,980
Connecticut
$40,760
Maine
$40,680
Washington
$39,600
Alaska
$39,350
Colorado
$39,180
Oregon
$38,930
Georgia
$37,490
Missouri
$37,480
Minnesota
$37,470
Puerto Rico
$36,760
Nevada
$36,250
Michigan
$36,170
Vermont
$35,660
Delaware
$35,630
North Dakota
$35,340
Wisconsin
$34,980
Illinois
$34,190
Florida
$34,060
Alabama
$32,290
Utah
$32,130
Virginia
$31,460
South Dakota
$31,310
Kansas
$31,160
Indiana
$31,130
Kentucky
$30,370
South Carolina
$30,090
Oklahoma
$30,020
Arkansas
$29,900
New Hampshire
$29,710
New Mexico
$29,590
West Virginia
$29,550
Pennsylvania
$29,200
Tennessee
$29,040
Maryland
$28,160
New Jersey
$28,140
Ohio
$27,970
Texas
$27,890
Iowa
$27,800
Wyoming
$27,750
Mississippi
$27,740
Montana
$27,520
Idaho
$27,120
Hawaii
$27,030
Nebraska
$26,740
Louisiana
$25,460
North Carolina
$24,790
Guam
$24,510
Arizona
$23,820


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