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Photographer Salaries

How much would you make as a photographer?  The industry average has photographers ringing in at $34,010 a year.  If you sit right in the middle of the pack, you'll be one of the median 50% of practicing photographers who average at $27,720.  The lowest 25% are scraping by at $19,470, but if you truly excel in the field, then you might join the ranks of the top quartile, who bring in $41,280 a year.

Of course, those are averages, and we've already seen that photography is an incredibly diverse profession.  The best-paying specialties for photographers were these:

Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing

$58,940

Scientific Research and Development Services

53,540

Other Information Services

53,430

Management of Companies and Enterprises

49,230

Motion Picture and Video Industries

48,560

Another way to break up the average is to take a look at where photographers made the most.  Keep in mind, however, that costs of living also vary from place to place and it's not a good decision to choose the launching pad for your photography career based on numbers alone.

Washington DC

$50,370

Minnesota

50,050

California

46,020

Illinois

45,850

Virginia

42,850

*Information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor site

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