Career Attributes

  • $41,207
  • 147,300
  • 4.0
  • -5.6%
  • Certificate or Associate's degree
  • Photography
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How much does a Photographer make in California?

Average Photographer Yearly Salary in California

Photographers earn an average yearly salary of $49,492. Salaries typically start from $15,000 and go up to $104,000.

Average Photographer Hourly Wage in California

Photographers earn an average hourly wage of $23.79. Hourly wages typically start from $7.21 and go up to $50.00.

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

Learn more about the Photographer job market for salaries of real jobs in your area. Alternatively, see what Photographers earn in other states.

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

26%
Full-Time
74%
Part-Time

Source: CareerExplorer user data. View more Photographer demographics

Salary Satisfaction

2.9
SCORE
3229
RATINGS
Photographers average a score of 2.9 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Photographers in the 40th percentile of salary satisfaction.

Source: CareerExplorer user data. View more Photographer satisfaction

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Photographer Earnings by Seniority

Top End Photographer Earnings

The highest earning Photographers in California earn:

$50.00
an hour
$104,000
per year
Senior Photographer Earnings

Senior Photographers in California earn:

$25.00
an hour
$52,000
per year
Experienced Photographer Earnings

Experienced Photographers in California earn:

$15.00
an hour
$31,200
per year
Junior Photographer Earnings

Junior Photographers in California earn:

$12.00
an hour
$24,960
per year
Starting Photographer Earnings

Starting Photographers in California earn:

$7.21
an hour
$15,000
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Photographer Salary Comparison

Photographers earn more than 63% percent of similar careers in California.

Architect Salary $57k
Film Director Salary $52k
Urban Planner Salary $51k
Camera Operator Salary $51k
Filmmaker Salary $50k
Photographer Salary $49k
Film and Video Editor Salary $47k
Videographer Salary $46k
Graphic Designer Salary $41k
Interior Designer Salary $40k
Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

Career Attributes

  • $41,207
  • 147,300
  • 4.0
  • -5.6%
  • Certificate or Associate's degree
  • Photography
More Attributes