Pay Pay rates for press photographers vary depending on whether they are employed or self-employed The pay rates given below are approximate. Employed press photographers earn in the range of £16,000 -£19,000 a year,rising to around £24,500 -£32,000 a year.Higher salaries can be awarded to more experienced photographers. Rates for freelance press photographers vary depending on whether they work on a shift or a commissionbasis. Press photographers may be paid an hourly rate.This can range from £7 to £15 per hour. Bonuses may be awarded on top of a salary. With the increase in use of readers' pictures,freelance rates on offer can be low. Rates for commissioned work are negotiatedand can depend on size,number of images and distribution.A useful guide to freelance rates is found on the National Union of Journalists (NUJ)website -see contact details. Incidents of unpaid work are high amongst photographers.Hours of work Working hours can vary,often depending if you specialise in a particular area.You may work shifts or be on-call to follow up news that breaks at any time during the day or night.Many press photographers work irregular hours,which may include early starts,late finishes and work at weekends and on public holidays.Where could I work? Employers are local and national newspapers,magazines and web-based publications. Opportunities for press photographers occur with employers in towns and cities throughout the UK. Opportunities occur for press photographers to work in other countries,either on assignment from their paper/magazine,or as a freelance photojournalist.Self-employment Many press photographers are self-employed.Publishers often use picture agencies,which generate work for freelance photographers.Where are vacancies advertised? Vacancies are also advertised on all the major job boardsonUniversal JobmatchatJobcentre Plusand on the National Union of Journalists (NUJ)website. It's a good idea to build up a network of relevant contacts,as not all press photography jobs are advertised.