Editorial Photographer Income Survey

Posted on 8/31/2018 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

I have created a SurveyMonkey survey in an effort to gather data on the general income ranges of Editorial Still Photographers around the world. Go to this link to respond to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PhotogIncomeSurvey

Please encourage all editorial still photographers to respond to this survey. Send a link to this free story to your photographer friends. The resulting data could be very helpful to photography students, working photographers, the organizations that license rights to use editorial photography and those who purchase editorial photographs.

The survey will remain open until mid-October. At that point I will do a comprehensive analysis of the data and make the results available for Free at www.selling-stock.com. In addition, the detailed analysis will be available Free of Charge to any photo organization or publication wishing to publish the data.

While the main aim of the survey is to learn more about the editorial photographer community,  photographers who create images for non-editorial purposes may also respond. Those who answer question 5 with 0% to 10% will be sorted into a separate category in the report. The final results should give everyone a better understanding of the general state of editorial photography today.

Below are the 8 question that can be found on the survey. It should take no more than two minutes to respond to the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PhotogIncomeSurvey
Individual responses are totally confidential. We and not tracking IP addresses or any personal data of individual respondents.

Photog Income Survey

1 – Do you work as a staff or freelance photographer?
 _____ Staff

 _____ Freelance

2 -  What is your sex?
 ______ Male
 ______ Female

3 – What is your age?
______ Under 20 years old
______ 20 to 30 years old
______ 30 to 40 years old
______ 40 to 50 years old
______ Over 50 years old

4 – What is your gross annual income from all types of photography work? (Do not include non-photography related income.)
______  Less than $10,000
______  $10,000 to $20,000
______  $20,000 to $40,000
______  $40,000 to $60,000
______  $60,000 to $80,000
______  $80,000 to $100,000
______  Greater than $100,000

5 – Approximately what percentage of your total annual photography income comes from editorial use of your images in newspapers, magazines or online editorial sites? (Do not included advertising uses in such publications or online. Some stock photographer may not receive an accurate breakdown of who the customers using their images are. If that is the case please check “Not Sure” unless you are reasonably confident, given the subject matter of your images, that a certain percentage of uses are editorial.)
 ______ 0% to 10%
 ______ 10% to 20%
 ______ 20% to 30%
 ______ 30% to 40%
 ______ 40% to 50%
 ______ 50% to 60%
 ______ 60% to 70%
 ______ 70% to 80%
 ______ 80% to 90%
 ______ 90% to 100%
 ______ Not Sure

6 - Of your total photography income, do you do other types of shoots such as: weddings, individual portraits, public relations, entertainment, travel, advertising, general stock, etc.?
    ____ Yes
   _____ No

7 – Do you have another means of financial support that supplements your photography income?
(This could include the work of a spouse who earns income to support a family unit.)
  _____ Yes    
  _____ No

8 – Please identify the Region of the World where you live?

____  North America
____  Mexico and Central America
____  South America
____  United Kingdom
____  France
____  Germany
____  Spain
____  Italy
____  Other European Union Countries
____  Eastern Europe and Russia
____  Middle East
____  Africa
____  Japan
____  China
____  India
____  Other Asia except Japan, China and India
____  Australia and New Zealand
____  Other

Go to this link to respond to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PhotogIncomeSurvey

Any organization willing to help disseminate the final detailed results of this survey in their own publications should send an email to: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz.

Copyright © 2018 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of www.selling-stock.com, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to: http://www.jimpickerell.com/Curriculum-Vitae.aspx.  


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