Your degree doesn’t dictate your future salary, but it is a strong indicator.

After graduation, photography graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $82,308, while the bottom 20% make closer to $28,019. The median grad salary is $48,022.

Photography graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in photography is $34,713, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $40,897.

This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

Highest paying jobs for photography graduates

The highest paying careers for photography graduates are photojournalist and photographer, with top salaries averaging around $46,230.

Highest Paying Careers

Avg Pay (USD)

As per most recent US census

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