How Much Do Photographers Earn?
by Ken TanakaCoincident to the T.O.P. post "Photography as an Occupation," I just received the current (June, 2006) issue of PDN which reports on this very subject of income for photographers, photo editors, art directors, etc.
Of 1,040 self-employed photographers responding to their survey the median annual income is $57,500 and the mean is $95,000.
They have the data presented by specialty, and you'll have to buy the mag to see it all. But some highlights ($K median/$K mean) are:
----------Fine Art: 20/48.5
In the advertising category 18 photographers reported income of $500,000 or more and 18 reported $20,000 or less. In fine art only 1 reported $200,000-$300,000 while 9 reported $20,000 or less.
As in nearly every business it's far more lucrative to sell talent, or sell to talent, than to have it. Jonathan Klein, CEO of Getty images, earned $950,000 in salary plus $691,000 in bonus in 2005. Bill Allen, the (former) editor of the National Geographic Society earned $570,000 in salary plus $48,000 in "benefits" prior to his 2004 retirement. David Trust, CEO of the PPA earned $172,925.
Posted by KEN TANAKA