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Photographers in Colorado

Is Colorado a good place for you to work as a Photographer?

18.7% Jobs Projection
$31,230 Median Salary
200 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Photographers in Colorado are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Photographers in Colorado is growing faster than average.

  • Photographers in Colorado earn lower salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Photographers Work in Colorado?

In 2018, there were 750 Photographers working in the state.

There were 760 Photographers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 10 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for Colorado

Jobs for Photographers in this state are growing at a rate of 18.7% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of -5.6%.


Colorado Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 200 annual job openings, and 2,160 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 Colorado?

In 2018 wages for Photographers ranged from $21,230 to $63,400 with $31,230 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $10.21 to $30.48. The median hourly rate was $15.01.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $14.17 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.84.

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


Top Colorado Metros for Photographers

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Photographers.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 430 $37,340
Colorado Springs, CO 90 $24,040
Boulder, CO 60 $27,660
Fort Collins, CO 40 $29,580

Top States for Photographers Employment

The table below shows the states 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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