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-11% Jobs Projection
$25,570 Median Salary
120 Job Openings

While jobs for Photographers in Iowa are decreasing, those who do work in these jobs get paid higher than average.

  • Employment for Photographers in Iowa is expected to decrease.

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

How Many Photographers Work in Iowa?

There were approximately 510 workers employed as Photographers in this state in 2018.

There were 480 Photographers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 30 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 570 Photographers working in it, which means Iowa has fewer Photographers than average.


Job Projections for Iowa

Jobs for Photographers in this state are declining at a rate of 11.2% which is a faster decline than the nationwide estimated projection of -5.6%.


Iowa Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 120 annual job openings, and a total of 1,660 jobs for Iowa Photographers in 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 10,300 annual jobs and 139,000 total jobs in 2026.

What do Photographers Make in Iowa?

In 2018 wages for Photographers ranged from $16,860 to $43,830 with $25,570 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $8.11 to $21.07. The median hourly rate was $12.29.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $13.47 an hour.

The hourly rate declined by $1.18.

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


Top Iowa Metros for Photographers

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

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 200 $29,610
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 160 $31,290
Cedar Rapids, IA 80 $21,110
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 50 $27,620
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 50 $23,300

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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