The average hourly pay for a professional photographer, as of May 2012, was $13.70, and the median annual salary in 2012 was $28,490. The rate of employment throughout the country is expected to rise by 4% by 2022 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Photographers who are in the District of Columbia were reported to make the highest median wage, $33.15 hourly. A high school diploma or equivalent is required to enter into this field, though some training would certainly put aspiring photographers at an advantage. However, long-term on-the-job training is the norm for photographers. As of 2012, there were 136,300 jobs available in this field in the United States, and there is an estimated 4 percent increase in the employment outlook by 2022. This is somewhat slower than the average among other professions.