2008 Income Survey: Averages and Top Producers

Posted on 4/29/2009 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (1)

The average annual earnings of photographers responding to the 2008 Selling Stock self-employed photographer income survey are $110,409, leaving out the top five producers whose earnings are uncharacteristically large. Of this, the average annual stock income was $65,475, which means that 41% of photographers' freelance revenues come from something other than the licensing of rights to stock images.


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  • Bill Bachmann Posted Apr 29, 2009
    Jim,

    I'm glad that you do the work on this survey and that it is available. I also like that you include the top people so others can see what is possible. There are we shooters that do very well in this business and believe in it entirely. We get too much gloom & doom in this business. That is why I wrote my newest book to help other stock shooters see what they can earn! You are doing a good thing and I try to lecture to help others also. We can be rays of sunlight in an otherwise gloomy recession economy. I really believe there is much more money to be made by photographers who have the right tools & the right attitude to go for the top in our profession. That is what my book I talk about on my website also preaches. Photographers CAN shoot what they love and make a darn good living.
    I will be doing a tour of various cities ASMP Chapters giving that pep talk. Keep up the writing and information, Jim. I've known you a long time and know that you also have photographers best interests in mind.

    Bill Bachmann. Orlando
    billbachmann.com

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