Photojournalists are one of the happiest careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, photojournalists rate their career happiness 4.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 11% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy photojournalists are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Cinematographer
4.1
$40k
Photojournalist
4.0
$36k
Photographer
3.9
$38k
Blogger
3.8
$26k
Set designer
3.8
$28k
Videographer
3.8
$35k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are photojournalists happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do photojournalists find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as photojournalists?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are photojournalist’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are photojournalists making the best use of their abilities?

Are photojournalists happy with their salary?