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How much does a Photographer make in California?

Average Photographer Hourly Wage in California

Photographers earn a median hourly wage of $20.18. Hourly wages typically start from $10.30 and go up to $43.69.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average Photographer Yearly Salary in California

Photographers earn a median salary of $41,980 per year. Salaries typically start from $21,420 and go up to $90,880.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

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A photographer's salary range varies because location, marketing skills, experience, reputation, charisma, and area of specialization all play an integral role in a photographer's fees. To make money with photography, one has to approach it as a business. Yes, photography is all about creativity and style, but even the most imaginative mind can still fail to generate an income.

A freelance photographer's salary depends on the number of assignments he or she receives and the fee he or she charges. There are various types of photography one can choose from - choose the path that lines up best with your passion and vision. The five most lucrative careers for a photographer are wedding photography, fashion photography, sports photography, product photography, and portrait photography.

Employment Type Mix

27%
Full-Time
73%
Part-Time

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Salary Satisfaction

3.0
SCORE
1961
RATINGS
Photographers average a score of 3.0 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Photographers in the 42th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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Photographer Earnings by Seniority

Top End Photographer Earnings

The highest earning Photographers in California earn:

$43.69
an hour
$90,880
per year
Senior Photographer Earnings

Senior Photographers in California earn:

$34.16
an hour
$71,050
per year
Experienced Photographer Earnings

Experienced Photographers in California earn:

$20.18
an hour
$41,980
per year
Junior Photographer Earnings

Junior Photographers in California earn:

$12.46
an hour
$25,920
per year
Starting Photographer Earnings

Starting Photographers in California earn:

$10.30
an hour
$21,420
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Photographer salary comparison

Photographers earn less than 61% percent of Arts careers in California. Photographer salaries are in the bottom 80% of all careers in California.

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Source:

Historical salary for Photographers in California

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
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