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Photographers in California

Considering a career as a Photographer in California?

-4% Jobs Projection
$46,790 Median Salary
1,500 Job Openings

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?

There were approximately 6,060 workers employed as Photographers in this state in 2018.

There were 5,810 Photographers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 250 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Photographers in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 570 Photographers working in it, which means California has more Photographers than average.

Photographers in CA vs. the Average State

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 %.

Job Projections for Photographers: Nation vs. CA

California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 1,500 annual job openings, and 20,100 total jobs in 2026 for Photographers in this state.

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.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $19.25 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $3.25.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Photographers Earnings: CA vs. National Average

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
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 280 $36,650
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 120 $30,780
Fresno, CA 90 $29,250
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 90 $40,710
Bakersfield, CA 50 $39,500
Stockton-Lodi, CA 50 $26,010
Modesto, CA 50 $38,660
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 50 $45,950
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 40 $44,440

Top States for Photographers Employment

View the list below to see where most Photographers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 6,060 $46,790
Florida 4,480 $28,880
New York 4,090 $43,210
Texas 3,070 $28,100
Illinois 2,600 $31,460
Ohio 1,880 $29,920
Georgia 1,850 $36,670
Pennsylvania 1,740 $30,260
North Carolina 1,450 $26,400
New Jersey 1,400 $27,570
Michigan 1,330 $0
Missouri 1,220 $28,830
Massachusetts 1,220 $46,770
Wisconsin 1,070 $29,360
Washington 1,030 $44,180
Arizona 1,020 $27,310
Virginia 860 $32,820
Tennessee 810 $28,530
Indiana 800 $31,990
Nevada 770 $29,820

Below are the states where Photographers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia $84,720
Rhode Island $55,990
Minnesota $47,810
California $46,790
Massachusetts $46,770
Washington $44,180
Mississippi $43,330
Vermont $43,230
New York $43,210
Alaska $42,160

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