Photographers

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Total Workforce

114k

Average Age

38.4

Estimated Job Growth

-5.63%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$39,130

Average Male Salary

$48,767

Average Female Salary

$27,068

About

Photographers are most often employed by the Other professional, scientific & technical services  industry. The average yearly wage for Photographers was $39,130 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Photographers by wage are Brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, & reinforcing iron & rebar workers, Explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, & blasters, and Occupational therapy assistants & aides.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Photographers are Hope Mills & Spring Lake Towns PUMA, NC, Greenpoint & Williamsburg PUMA, NY, and Maui, Kalawao & Kauai Counties PUMA, HI. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Photographers are Hope Mills & Spring Lake Towns PUMA, NC, Greenpoint & Williamsburg PUMA, NY, and Maui, Kalawao & Kauai Counties PUMA, HI.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Photographers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Other professional, scientific & technical services is the industry that employs the most Photographers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Photographers, by average wage, is Periodical, book, & directory publishers. Photographers are paid most in Chinatown & Lower East Side PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Hope Mills & Spring Lake Towns PUMA, NC.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$39,130

AVERAGE SALARY

± $3,644

In 2017, Photographers earned an average of $39,130, $12,935 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Occupational therapy assistants & aides make somewhat more than Photographers while Brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, & reinforcing iron & rebar workers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Photographers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.485

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Photographers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.485, which is higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly for Photographers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Photographers.

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Industries

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Photographers, by average wage, are Periodical, book, & directory publishers, Motion pictures & video industries, and Electronic shopping.

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Industries by Share

114k

2017 Workforce

± 8,299

5.69%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 9.85%

The number of people employed as Photographers has been growing at a rate of 5.69%, from 108,194 people in 2016 to 114,345 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Photographers employed by various industries. Other professional, scientific & technical services employs the largest share of Photographers at  59.6%, followed by Broadcasting (except internet) with 3.85% and Performing arts, spectator sports & related industries with 3.85%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Photographers in the US. The average age of male Photographers in the workforce is 40.8 and of female Photographers is 35.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Photographers is White.

Gender Composition

63.6k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 6,188

50.8k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 5,532

55.6% of Photographers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Photographers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Photographers

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

80.5% of Photographers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.7% of Photographers, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Photographers.

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Age by Gender

40.8

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.37

35.4

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.35

The median age of Photographers is 38.4, and Male employees are generally 5.41 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Photographers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Photographers is Visual & Performing Arts but a relatively high number of Photographers hold a major in Visual & Performing Arts.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Photographers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Photographers need many skills, but most especially Active Listening, Speaking, and Social Perceptiveness. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Photographers need more than the average amount of Operations Analysis, Equipment Selection, and Technology Design.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Photographers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Photographers are expected to see a growth of -5.63% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

-5.63%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Photographers. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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