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Photographer salary in United States

How much does a Photographer make in the United States?

Average base salary

$16.91

Most common benefits

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401(k)
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The average salary for a photographer is $16.91 per hour in the United States. 5.6k salaries reported, updated at May 13, 2022.

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
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Top companies for Photographers in United States

  1. Yours Truly Media
    3.1star
    15 reviews17 salaries reported
    $73.02per hour
  2. $48.28per hour
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Highest paying cities for Photographers in United States

  1. Dallas, TX
    $24.41 per hour
    76 salaries reported
  2. New York, NY
    $24.33 per hour
    34 salaries reported
  3. Los Angeles, CA
    $23.28 per hour
    34 salaries reported
  1. Chicago, IL
    $21.71 per hour
    58 salaries reported
  2. Miami, FL
    $19.13 per hour
    28 salaries reported
  3. Atlanta, GA
    $18.10 per hour
    23 salaries reported
  1. Tampa, FL
    $15.02 per hour
    22 salaries reported
  2. Houston, TX
    $15.01 per hour
    125 salaries reported
  3. Las Vegas, NV
    $14.36 per hour
    55 salaries reported
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Where can a Photographer earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Photographers

Most recommended skill

Adobe Lightroomearn +26.70% more

The jobs requiring this skill have increase by 400.05% since 2018. Photographers with this skill earn +26.70% more than the average base salary, which is $16.91 per hour.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this skillChange from previous year
2012329increase by 329
20131229increase by 273.56%
20142405increase by 95.69%
20151560decrease by 35.14%
20162284increase by 46.41%
20172587increase by 13.27%
20183679increase by 42.21%
201918397increase by 400.05%

Top companies hiring Photographers with the recommended skill

Point Rock Solutions
Bella Baby Photography
Yours Truly Media
Disney Parks, Experiences and Products
Lowe's Home Improvement
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More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top SkillsSalaryJob openingsCompanies
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Most common benefits for Photographers

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid time off
  • Paid training
  • Referral program
  • Vision insurance
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 685 ratings

41% of Photographers in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Photographers Assistant

834 job openings

Average $31,855 per year

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Common questions about salaries for a Photographer

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