According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual income of a photographer is $28,490. The average hourly rate of a photographer is approximately $13.70 per hour.
Photographers earning in the lowest 10 percent average $8.42 per hour, and those earning at the top 10 percent as photographers average more than $32.21 per hour. Photographers involved in arts, entertainment, sports and other media-related occupations average approximately $21.12 per hour. Photography is a flexible profession, offering many of those involved flexible hours and the ability to travel in connection with their work. Additionally, some individuals use photography as a means of supplementing their incomes through side work or freelance activity.