Salary for Photographers

Also known as:  Advertising Photographer, Aerial Photographer, Industrial Photographer, Marine Photographer, Medical Photographer, News Photographer, Newspaper Photojournalist, Photojournalist, Portrait Photographer, School Photographer helps arts and communications professionals find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations.

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There are many types of photographers, including event photographers, portrait photographers, scientific photographers and aerial photographers, but the basics of photography remain the same across sub-specialties. Using digital and/or film cameras, photographers compose and shoot images of subjects. They take factors such as lighting, motion, depth of field, and composition into account, and create desired effects by changing apertures, film type, ISO speed, and camera stability. These professionals may incorporate the use of technical devices, development processes, or computer software to further manipulate settings and achieve their desired results. Significant training in cameras, development techniques, and photographic equipment may be required for this profession.

A Photographer can get wages of around 24000 to 36000 depending on experience and domain knowledge. Photographers can get average salaries of Thirty Five Thousand Eight Hundred dollars annually.

Photographers are compensated at the highest average salary in the District of Columbia, where they earn salary pay of close to about $55820. People in this category of job are compensated at the highest average salary in Public Administration, where they can earn a compensation of $51620.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 14.71 percent nationwide in that time.
Photographers tend to make the most in the following industries
Manufacturing $51,620
Public Administration $48,830
Health Care and Social Assistance $47,220
Other Services (except Public Administration) $45,340
Transportation and Warehousing $44,130
Educational Services $43,710
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $22,580
Finance and Insurance $32,040
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $32,840
Retail Trade $37,890
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $39,690
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $40,180