Salary for Photographers

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Also known as:  Advertising Photographer, Aerial Photographer, Industrial Photographer, Marine Photographer, Medical Photographer, News Photographer, Newspaper Photojournalist, Photojournalist, Portrait Photographer, School Photographer

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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 earns an average salary ranging from $22,410 to $86,850 depending on experience and education levels. will most likely earn wages of fifty thousand two hundred and ninety dollars on a yearly basis.

obtain the highest pay in District of Columbia, which has wages of close to $91,720. People in this job function are paid most highly in Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services, where they can get salary pay of $66,040.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 60.74 percent nationwide in that time.

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Photographers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$66,040
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$64,000
Public Administration
$63,850
Information
$60,400
Manufacturing
$59,260
Transportation and Warehousing
$56,350

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
$34,850
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$42,220
Finance and Insurance
$42,310
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$42,620
Accommodation and Food Services
$44,250
Retail Trade
$45,430