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Photographers in Kentucky

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

-22% Jobs Projection
$33,870 Median Salary
70 Job Openings

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

  • Employment for Photographers in Kentucky is expected to decrease.

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

How Many Photographers Work in Kentucky?

There were approximately 400 workers employed as Photographers in this state in 2018.

There were 410 Photographers employed in this state in 2017.

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

Photographers in KY Employment Trend

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

Photographers in KY vs. the Average State

Job Projections for Kentucky

Jobs for Photographers in this state are declining at a rate of 22.1% which is a faster decline than the nationwide estimated projection of -5.6%.

Job Projections for Photographers: Nation vs. KY

Kentucky Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 70 annual Photographers job openings in Kentucky, and 1,160 total jobs in the year 2026.

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

What do Photographers Make in Kentucky?

In 2018 wages for Photographers ranged from $19,250 to $62,250 with $33,870 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $9.25 to $29.93. The median hourly rate was $16.28.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $17.16 an hour.

The hourly rate declined by $0.88.

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

Photographers Earnings: KY vs. National Average

Top Kentucky Metros for Photographers

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

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 340 n/a
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 140 $36,990
Lexington-Fayette, KY 70 $32,840
Evansville, IN-KY 40 $31,270
Bowling Green, KY 40 $28,170

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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