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Photographers in Missouri

Considering a career as a Photographer in Missouri?

1.3% Jobs Projection
$28,830 Median Salary
300 Job Openings

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

  • Projected employment for Photographers in Missouri is growing slower than average.

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

How Many Photographers Work in Missouri?

There were approximately 1,220 workers employed as Photographers in this state in 2018.

There were 970 Photographers employed in this state in 2017.

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


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


Job Projections for Missouri

Jobs for Photographers in this state are growing at a rate of 1.3% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of -5.6%.


Missouri Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 300 annual Photographers job openings in Missouri, and 3,800 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 Missouri?

In 2018 wages for Photographers ranged from $18,200 to $64,940 with $28,830 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $8.75 to $31.22. The median hourly rate was $13.86.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $13.86 an hour.

Wages between 2017 and 2018 did not increase or decrease.

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


Top Missouri 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
Kansas City, MO-KS 390 $34,250
Springfield, MO 110 $21,930
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 110 $29,290
Columbia, MO 50 $22,640

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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