- While there are employment options for portrait photographers, those working for themselves could come out ahead when it comes to earnings. According to 2010 findings by Payscale, working for someone else a photographer earns between $25,295 and $44,833 a year. Self-employed portrait photographers report top salaries of $52,201 a year.
- As with many jobs, gaining experience increases salary levels. In a September 2010 survey by Payscale, photographers, including those in the area of portraits, earn between $20,000 and $35,608 to start. After five years, these professionals report earning up to $46,565 a year.
- According to a September 2010 survey of 154 professional photographers, males may be making more. Those females surveyed reported earnings up to $40,666 each year, while their male counterparts reporting earning much more--up to $51,258 a year.