It may be about the States, rather than the UK, and the figures may be four years out of date, but this site paints a pretty sorry picture of the state of the photographic industry. “The average annual salary was $24,040 (£13,000) with the lowest 10% earned less than $14,640 (£8000)” it writes. And what are the other links on the site ? Free Royalty-Free Stock images for download.
Here’s some free EPUK advice to those thinking of working in the photographic industry. Firstly: it’s never good business to give away the goods for free. Secondly, never trust a website that offers such amazing insights as “If you are planning to pursue a career in photojournalism, you should also have a keen interest in journalism” and “the camera is a photojournalist’s tool of the trade”.
And thirdly ? It’s sometimes about being there. It’s sometimes about having the eye for a picture. But mostly, it’s about batteries.