Photographers

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2019 Workforce
121k
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Average Age
37.8
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Average Salary
$37,020
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Average Male Salary
$42,142
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Average Female Salary
$31,325
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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 Management, scientific & technical consulting services. Photographers are paid most in LA City (Central/Pacific Palisades) PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Park Slope, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$37,020
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,989

In 2019, Photographers earned an average of $37,020, $18,503 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Upholsterers make somewhat more than Photographers while Sawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, wood 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

0.473
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Photographers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.473, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Photographers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Photographers.

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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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Industries by Share

121k
2019 Workforce
± 8,525
0.985%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 9.92%

The number of people employed as Photographers has been growing at a rate of 0.985%, from 119,475 people in 2018 to 120,652 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Photographers employed by various industries. Other professional, scientific & technical services employs the largest share of Photographers at  51%, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 4.91% and Independent artists, writers, and performers with 4.24%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Photographers in the US. The average age of male Photographers in the workforce is 39.8 and of female Photographers is 35.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Photographers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

63.5k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 6,187
57.1k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 5,867

52.7% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

72.8% of Photographers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 8.69% of Photographers, White (Hispanic) 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

39.8
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.4
35.5
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.38

The median age of Photographers is 37.8, and Male employees are generally 4.29 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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