From the Albuquerque Balloon Festival to the majesty of our Mountains and Deserts we understand why New Mexico is a photographer’s delight. It is also an excellent state for a career in photography, according to Zippie, a career site. In determining its ranking system, Zippie compiled data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, then compared the salary data relative to the cost of living in each state.
According to the site, the average salary of a photographer in New Mexico is $40,160. Experienced photographers earn an average $72,800 annually while entry-level photographers can earn $20,410. New Mexico has a total of 290 photographer jobs.
Salaries for Albuquerque and Rio Rancho photographers benefit from the demand created by our healthy film industry presence and our cultural diversity. Business First reported last year that the arts are a $5.6 billion industry in New Mexico. Our creative industries employment is 3 percent greater than the National average.
Rhode Island was ranked No. 1, followed by Massachusetts at No.2, and and New Mexico at No. 3. Louisiana was ranked last. Click here for the full article.