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Photographers in Wisconsin

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13.3% Jobs Projection
$29,360 Median Salary
230 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Photographers Work in Wisconsin?

In 2018, there were 1,070 Photographers working in the state.

There were 1,060 Photographers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 10 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for Wisconsin

Jobs for Photographers in this state are growing at a rate of 13.3% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of -5.6%.


Wisconsin Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 230 annual job openings, and 2,720 total jobs in 2026 for Photographers in this state.

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

What do Photographers Make in Wisconsin?

In 2018 wages for Photographers ranged from $18,030 to $61,430 with $29,360 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $8.67 to $29.54. The median hourly rate was $14.12.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $14.96 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate declined by $0.84.

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


Top Wisconsin Metros for Photographers

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

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,320 $32,210
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 650 $49,810
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 410 $29,150
Madison, WI 170 $26,210
Green Bay, WI 130 $28,600
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 70 $33,750
Appleton, WI 40 $30,420
Eau Claire, WI 40 $25,460

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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