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Photographer salary in Chicago, IL

How much does a Photographer make in Chicago, IL?

Average base salary

arrow up7%
above national average
Average $18.92
Low $7.45
High $48.03
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a photographer is $18.92 per hour in Chicago, IL. 77 salaries reported, updated at September 11, 2022

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Salaries by years of experience in Chicago, IL

Years of experiencePer hour
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1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
More than 10 years
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Top companies for Photographers in Chicago, IL

  1. Yours Truly Media
    17 reviews39 salaries reported
    $62.88per hour
  2. $50.00per hour
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Highest paying cities for Photographers near Chicago, IL

  1. Evanston, IL
    $21.03 per hour
    6 salaries reported
  2. Elmhurst, IL
    $19.52 per hour
    11 salaries reported
  3. Chicago, IL
    $18.92 per hour
    77 salaries reported
  1. Joliet, IL
    $17.26 per hour
    8 salaries reported
  2. Springfield, IL
    $16.64 per hour
    5 salaries reported
  3. Aurora, IL
    $16.59 per hour
    5 salaries reported
  1. Peoria, IL
    $14.71 per hour
    6 salaries reported
  2. Barrington, IL
    $14.37 per hour
    5 salaries reported
  3. North Aurora, IL
    $14.02 per hour
    8 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 Lightroom(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 $18.92 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

The Pros Weddings
CoStar Group
Bella Baby Photography
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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 Chicago, IL?

Freelance Photographer

12 job openings

Average $45.51 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Photographer

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