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14.1% Jobs Projection
$32,820 Median Salary
290 Job Openings

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

  • Projected employment for Photographers in Virginia is growing faster than average.

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

How Many Photographers Work in Virginia?

860 people worked as Photographers in 2018 in this state.

There were 1,030 Photographers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 170 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for Virginia

Jobs for Photographers in this state are growing at a rate of 14.1% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of -5.6%.


Virginia Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 290 annual Photographers job openings in Virginia, and 3,400 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 Virginia?

In 2018 wages for Photographers ranged from $17,660 to $66,460 with $32,820 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $8.49 to $31.95. The median hourly rate was $15.78.

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


Top Virginia Metros for Photographers

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

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,050 $46,550
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 210 $25,380
Richmond, VA 120 $37,600

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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