Photographers in California
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While jobs for Photographers in California are decreasing, those who do work in these jobs get paid higher than average.
Employment for Photographers in California is expected to decrease.
Photographers in California earn lower salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.
How Many Photographers Work in California?
In 2018, there were 6,060 Photographers working in the state.
There were 5,810 Photographers employed in this state in 2017.
That’s growth of 250 jobs between 2017 and 2018.
The typical state has 570 Photographers working in it, which means California has more Photographers than average.
Job Projections for California
Jobs for Photographers in this state are declining at a rate of 4.3% which is a slower decline than the nationwide estimated projection of
California Annual Job Openings
The BLS estimates 1,500 annual job openings, and a total of 20,100 jobs for California Photographers in 2026.
Nationwide, the prediction is 10,300 annual jobs and 139,000 total jobs in 2026.
What do Photographers Make in California?
In 2018 wages for Photographers ranged from $23,630 to $90,300 with $46,790 being the median annual salary.
Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $11.36 to $43.41. The median hourly rate was $22.5.
Workers in this field were paid a median of $19.25 an hour in 2017.
The hourly rate grew by $3.25.
The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.
Top California Metros for Photographers
The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Photographers.
|Metro||Number Employed||Annual Median Salary|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA||3,300||$53,720|
|San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA||790||$65,210|
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA||380||$34,080|
|San Diego-Carlsbad, CA||300||$39,510|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA||120||$30,780|
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA||90||$40,710|
|Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA||50||$45,950|
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA||40||$44,440|
Top States for Photographers Employment
The table below shows the states where most Photographers work.
|State||Number Employed||Annual Median Salary|
Below are the states where Photographers get paid the most:
|State||Annual Median Salary|
|District of Columbia||$84,720|
What Major Will Prepare You For a Photographer Career?
- Visual & Performing Arts
- Communication & Journalism
- Fine & Studio Arts
- Design & Applied Arts
- Film, Video & Photographic Arts
- General Visual & Performing Arts
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- Image Credit: By Jorge Royan under License
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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