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Photographer Income Data
Median annual wages of salaried photographers were $29,440 in May 2008. The
middle 50 percent earned between $20,620 and $43,530. The lowest 10 percent
earned less than $16,920, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $62,430.
Median annual wages in the photographic services industry, which employed the
largest numbers of salaried photographers, were $26,160.
Salaried photographers—most of whom work full time—tend to earn more than
those who are self-employed. Because most freelance and portrait photographers
purchase their own equipment, they incur considerable expense acquiring and
maintaining cameras and accessories. Unlike news and commercial photographers,
few fine arts photographers are successful enough to support themselves solely
through their art.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition
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