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Photographers in North Carolina

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-8% Jobs Projection
$26,400 Median Salary
370 Job Openings

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

  • Employment for Photographers in North Carolina is expected to decrease.

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

How Many Photographers Work in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, there were 1,450 people working as Photographers in the year 2018.

There were 1,720 Photographers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 270 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Photographers in NC Employment Trend

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

Photographers in NC vs. the Average State

Job Projections for North Carolina

Jobs for Photographers in this state are declining at a rate of 8.2% which is a faster decline than the nationwide estimated projection of -5.6%.

Job Projections for Photographers: Nation vs. NC

North Carolina Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 370 annual Photographers job openings in North Carolina, and 5,120 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 North Carolina?

In 2018 wages for Photographers ranged from $18,280 to $57,390 with $26,400 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $8.79 to $27.59. The median hourly rate was $12.69.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $13.12 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate declined by $0.43.

The median salary in North Carolina is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Photographers Earnings: NC vs. National Average

Top North Carolina Metros for Photographers

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

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 380 $25,390
Raleigh, NC 220 $29,360
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 210 $25,380
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 150 $19,600
Winston-Salem, NC 140 $26,870
Asheville, NC 140 $19,960
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 120 $26,360
Greensboro-High Point, NC 120 $39,110
Wilmington, NC 80 $29,540
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 60 $26,360

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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