Photographers in Illinois
Get the information you need to know about working as a Photographer.
While jobs for Photographers in Illinois are decreasing, those who do work in these jobs get paid higher than average.
Employment for Photographers in Illinois is expected to decrease.
Photographers in Illinois earn lower salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.
How Many Photographers Work in Illinois?
2,600 people worked as Photographers in 2018 in this state.
There were 2,540 Photographers employed in this state in 2017.
That’s growth of 60 jobs between 2017 and 2018.
The typical state has 570 Photographers working in it, which means Illinois has more Photographers than average.
Job Projections for Illinois
Jobs for Photographers in this state are declining at a rate of 18.3% which is a faster decline than the nationwide estimated projection of -5.6%.
Illinois Annual Job Openings
The BLS estimates there will be 260 annual job openings, and 4,100 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 Illinois?
In 2018 wages for Photographers ranged from $19,890 to $59,650 with $31,460 being the median annual salary.
Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $9.56 to $28.68. The median hourly rate was $15.13.
In 2017 the median pay for this field was $15.18 an hour.
The hourly rate declined by $0.05.
The median salary in Illinois is higher than the nationwide median salary.
Top Illinois Metros for Photographers
The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Photographers.
|Metro||Number Employed||Annual Median Salary|
|St. Louis, MO-IL||600||$38,310|
|Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL||50||$27,620|
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
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