How much does a Photographer make in the United States?

Average base salary

4.9k salaries reported, updated at Sep 26, 2020
per hour

The average salary for a photographer is $16.43 per hour in the United States.

Most common benefits

  • Flexible schedule
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Employee stock ownership plan
  • Work from home
  • Fuel discount
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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for photographers

Most recommended skill

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earn +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 $16.43 per hour.

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Most common benefits for Photographers

  • Flexible schedule
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Employee stock ownership plan
  • Work from home
  • Fuel discount
  • Employee discount
  • AD&D insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Paid jury duty
  • 401(k) matching
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Vision insurance
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Salary satisfaction

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

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