Is There Enough Work For Photo Editors?

So you want to become a photo editor. But you are afraid the market might be saturated. How can you be sure there is enough editing work to go around? Let’s talk about that. 

As a professional photo editor, if you work full-time, you will need approximately 15-25 clients, assuming those clients are full-time photographers themselves. A full time wedding photographer shoots approximately 20-40 weddings a year.  

Let me say that one more time. To work full-time as an editor, you will only need 15-20 clients. And your potential client base is world wide! I cannot say with certainty how many professional photographers there are globally. But according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2021, there are approximately 180,000 professional photographers in the USA alone. And that statistic does not include any other country. That is a LOT of photographers in need of a LOT of editors! 


So to sum it up, yes, YES there is a need for photo editors in the photography industry. And yes, there is plenty of work to be had! I get inquiries weekly, that I have to say no to because there are just not enough hours in the day! Haha!

And for the record, as a professional photo editor working full time, you can expect to earn $50-$120 an hour, working from any where in the world, on your own schedule, in your comfiest clothes! It truly is a dream job!


If you have ever thought about becoming a photo editor, there really is no better time. And I have a course that teaches you everything you need to know to become a profitable photo editor. It is called, The ABC’S of Photo Editing Course. You can learn more about it HERE.

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If you have any questions about editing or becoming a professional photo editor DM me on Instagram @alisamccormick and let’s chat! Lastly, check out these resources to learn more as well.

Until next time, Happy editing!


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