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What is the average salary for Photographers in the United States?

Photographers earn an average hourly wage of $18.44. Hourly wages typically start from $8.71 and go up to $33.14. Photographers earn an average salary of $38,350 per year. Salaries typically start from $18,120 and go up to $68,930.

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Highest

The top 10% of Photographers in the United States earn:

$33.14 an hour $68,930 per year
Senior

The top 25% of Photographers in the United States earn:

$22.32 an hour $46,420 per year
Experienced

The top 50% of Photographers in the United States earn:

$14.66 an hour $30,490 per year
Junior

The bottom 25% of Photographers in the United States earn:

$10.36 an hour $21,550 per year
Starting

The bottom 10% of Photographers in the United States earn:

$8.71 an hour $18,120 per year

Historical salary for Photographers in the United States

Photographer salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Photographer Salary in District of Columbia $31.93 $66,410 # 1
Photographer Salary in New York $25.98 $54,030 # 2
Photographer Salary in California $25.36 $52,750 # 3
Photographer Salary in Hawaii $22.95 $47,740 # 4
Photographer Salary in New Mexico $22.22 $46,220 # 5
Photographer Salary in Minnesota $22.08 $45,930 # 6
Photographer Salary in Delaware $21.73 $45,190 # 7
Photographer Salary in Connecticut $21.45 $44,620 # 8
Photographer Salary in Massachusetts $21.39 $44,480 # 9
Photographer Salary in Rhode Island $21.30 $44,290 # 10
Photographer Salary in Alaska $19.61 $40,800 # 11
Photographer Salary in Oregon $19.18 $39,890 # 12
Photographer Salary in Virginia $18.63 $38,760 # 13
Photographer Salary in Wisconsin $18.42 $38,310 # 14
Photographer Salary in Vermont $18.28 $38,030 # 15
Photographer Salary in Georgia $18.14 $37,740 # 16
Photographer Salary in Maryland $18.07 $37,590 # 17
Photographer Salary in Nevada $18.06 $37,560 # 18
Photographer Salary in Arizona $17.74 $36,890 # 19
Photographer Salary in Michigan $17.73 $36,880 # 20
Photographer Salary in Maine $17.32 $36,020 # 21
Photographer Salary in Alabama $17.16 $35,690 # 22
Photographer Salary in Illinois $17.13 $35,640 # 23
Photographer Salary in New Jersey $17.03 $35,420 # 24
Photographer Salary in Colorado $16.83 $35,010 # 25
Photographer Salary in Ohio $16.35 $34,010 # 26
Photographer Salary in South Carolina $16.26 $33,830 # 27
Photographer Salary in Utah $16.20 $33,700 # 28
Photographer Salary in North Dakota $16.12 $33,540 # 29
Photographer Salary in Oklahoma $16.12 $33,530 # 30
Photographer Salary in Texas $16.06 $33,400 # 31
Photographer Salary in Missouri $16.01 $33,290 # 32
Photographer Salary in West Virginia $15.86 $32,990 # 33
Photographer Salary in Washington $15.63 $32,500 # 34
Photographer Salary in South Dakota $15.32 $31,870 # 35
Photographer Salary in Tennessee $15.19 $31,590 # 36
Photographer Salary in Idaho $15.09 $31,390 # 37
Photographer Salary in Pennsylvania $14.52 $30,200 # 38
Photographer Salary in New Hampshire $14.49 $30,140 # 39
Photographer Salary in Indiana $14.41 $29,980 # 40
Photographer Salary in Florida $14.41 $29,970 # 41
Photographer Salary in Kansas $14.27 $29,680 # 42
Photographer Salary in Wyoming $14.11 $29,340 # 43
Photographer Salary in Kentucky $14.08 $29,290 # 44
Photographer Salary in Mississippi $14.02 $29,150 # 45
Photographer Salary in Louisiana $13.79 $28,680 # 46
Photographer Salary in Iowa $13.44 $27,950 # 47
Photographer Salary in North Carolina $13.39 $27,850 # 48
Photographer Salary in Arkansas $13.31 $27,690 # 49
Photographer Salary in Nebraska $12.78 $26,590 # 50
Photographer Salary in Montana $11.61 $24,140 # 51
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics