Photography in California

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Schools Offering Photography Programs in California

Approximately 0.1% of graduates in of California receive photography degrees every year. In other words, every year an estimated 850 photographers graduate from California's 70 photography schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in California with a photography program is Pacific Union College, which is located in Angwin. In 2010, it was ranked 41st nationwide. 4 students graduated with a degree in photography from Pacific Union College in 2010. The tuition rate at Pacific Union College was $25,221 per year.

The second-ranked school in California with a photography program is San Francisco Art Institute, which is located in San Francisco. In 2010, it was ranked 45th nationwide. In 2010, San Francisco Art Institute graduated 43 students from its photography program. Tuition at San Francisco Art Institute was $33,294 per year.

California State University-Sacramento, which was ranked 45th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in California that has a photography program. It is located in Sacramento. In 2010, 57 students graduated from California State University-Sacramento photography program. California State University-Sacramento charged in-state students $5,195 in tuition fees per year.


Tuition at California's photography schools ranges from $36,742 per year to $624 per year. But, the average tuition is $4,261 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at California photography schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. California Institute of the Arts - located in Valencia, students are charged $36,742 per year
  2. California College of the Arts - located in Oakland, students are charged $35,222 per year
  3. San Francisco Art Institute - located in San Francisco, students are charged $33,294 per year

The lowest tuition rates at California photography schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. San Joaquin Delta College - located in Stockton, students are charged $624 per year
  2. Barstow Community College - located in Barstow, students are charged $624 per year
  3. Sacramento City College - located in Sacramento, students are charged $644 per year

A photography degree from a California school... what next?

A large number of California photography graduates become photographers. 4,830 photographers were working in California in 2010. In California, the largest numbers of photographers work in the following counties:

  1. Los Angeles County - 1,310 photographers
  2. Orange County - 540 photographers
  3. San Diego County - 500 photographers

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of photographers is expected to grow by 7% by 2018. There are projected to be 13,600 photographers working in the California then.


On average, a photographer earns a salary of $41,990 per year in California state. In 2010, however, some California photographers earned as little as less than $17,530 per year or as much as more than $104,880 per year. The following counties in California have the highest average salaries for photographers:

  1. Los Angeles County - $54,840 per year
  2. Marin County - $52,520 per year
  3. Monterey County - $48,400 per year

On average, photographers earns the least in the following California counties:

  1. Butte County - $22,220 per year
  2. Tulare County - $27,720 per year
  3. Kern County - $29,450 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional California statistics regarding a career in photography and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as photography or design.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Photography in California
  • Bachelor's Degree in Photography in California
  • Master's Degree in Photography in California
  • Certificate in Photography in California

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
7,776 miles from location Riverside Community College Riverside CA 15.8854 n/a 36,586
7,817 miles from location East Los Angeles College Monterey Park CA 16.3274 n/a 35,717
7,883 miles from location American River College Sacramento CA 15.4069 n/a 35,413
7,962 miles from location City College of San Francisco San Francisco CA 19.5231 n/a 32,950
7,835 miles from location Santa Monica College Santa Monica CA 14.1706 n/a 32,313
7,808 miles from location Santa Ana College Santa Ana CA 15.7905 n/a 31,073
7,800 miles from location Mt. San Antonio College Walnut CA 19.4628 n/a 29,935
7,889 miles from location California State University-Sacramento Sacramento CA 30.4004 22% 29,241
7,820 miles from location Long Beach City College Long Beach CA 13.8435 n/a 27,894
7,780 miles from location Palomar College San Marcos CA 16.5038 n/a 27,442
7,830 miles from location El Camino Community College District Torrance CA 15.8275 n/a 27,237
7,893 miles from location Sacramento City College Sacramento CA 14.8295 n/a 27,171
7,813 miles from location Pasadena City College Pasadena CA 17.7379 n/a 26,453
7,957 miles from location Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa CA 19.5812 n/a 25,877
7,848 miles from location Fresno City College Fresno CA 13.5394 n/a 25,511
7,811 miles from location Orange Coast College Costa Mesa CA 19.3061 n/a 25,316
7,951 miles from location De Anza College Cupertino CA 24.9068 n/a 25,191
7,800 miles from location Saddleback College Mission Viejo CA 19.6994 n/a 23,260
7,807 miles from location Fullerton College Fullerton CA 17.0593 n/a 22,469
7,811 miles from location Rio Hondo College Whittier CA 14.8367 n/a 22,432
7,817 miles from location Cerritos College Norwalk CA 14.3203 n/a 21,776
7,779 miles from location Southwestern College Chula Vista CA 16.965 n/a 21,597
7,832 miles from location College of the Canyons Valencia CA 15.1196 n/a 21,575
7,783 miles from location Chaffey College Alta Loma CA 13.8744 n/a 21,399
7,873 miles from location Sierra College Rocklin CA 19.1068 n/a 20,688
7,777 miles from location Grossmont College El Cajon CA 14.8513 n/a 20,335
7,898 miles from location San Joaquin Delta College Stockton CA 16.8338 n/a 20,223
7,824 miles from location Los Angeles City College Los Angeles CA 12.6588 n/a 19,873
7,894 miles from location Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara CA 18.7886 n/a 19,753
7,890 miles from location Modesto Junior College Modesto CA 14.2493 n/a 18,410
7,954 miles from location Foothill College Los Altos CA 21.5152 n/a 18,293
7,787 miles from location San Diego City College San Diego CA 12.0991 n/a 18,074
7,756 miles from location Mt. San Jacinto Community College District San Jacinto CA 11.7295 n/a 17,583
7,818 miles from location Glendale Community College Glendale CA 16.4257 n/a 16,781
7,849 miles from location Moorpark College Moorpark CA 19.4776 n/a 16,393
7,953 miles from location Cabrillo College Aptos CA 17.7158 n/a 15,974
7,891 miles from location Cosumnes River College Sacramento CA 12.3879 n/a 15,946
7,806 miles from location Antelope Valley College Lancaster CA 16.6671 n/a 15,705
7,814 miles from location Cypress College Cypress CA 15.6296 n/a 15,439
7,958 miles from location Academy of Art University San Francisco CA 16.3007 n/a 15,413
7,946 miles from location Chabot College Hayward CA 14.9806 n/a 15,375
7,871 miles from location Ventura College Ventura CA 19.7881 n/a 14,395
7,951 miles from location Laney College Oakland CA 18.6398 n/a 13,627
7,786 miles from location MiraCosta College Oceanside CA 17.1854 n/a 13,537
7,803 miles from location Irvine Valley College Irvine CA 16.7265 n/a 13,294
7,873 miles from location Butte College Oroville CA 14.6243 n/a 13,147
7,800 miles from location Citrus College Glendora CA 12.4755 n/a 12,895
7,951 miles from location West Valley College Saratoga CA 18.357 n/a 12,893
7,945 miles from location San Jose City College San Jose CA 11.6946 n/a 12,364
7,932 miles from location Solano Community College Fairfield CA 15.9371 n/a 12,222
7,961 miles from location College of San Mateo San Mateo CA 15.1982 n/a 11,310
7,921 miles from location Allan Hancock College Santa Maria CA 16.6722 n/a 11,070
7,947 miles from location Hartnell College Salinas CA 14.8313 n/a 10,451
7,870 miles from location Merced College Merced CA 10.9318 n/a 10,446
7,961 miles from location Monterey Peninsula College Monterey CA 13.0473 n/a 9,578
7,881 miles from location Yuba College Marysville CA 12.4683 n/a 8,564
7,939 miles from location Napa Valley College Napa CA 15.1485 n/a 7,282
7,823 miles from location El Camino College-Compton Center Compton CA 6.2099 n/a 6,691
7,739 miles from location Barstow Community College Barstow CA 11.2087 n/a 4,791
7,822 miles from location Porterville College Porterville CA 11.8615 n/a 4,571
7,849 miles from location Columbia College Sonora CA 10.5858 n/a 3,629
7,807 miles from location Lake Tahoe Community College South Lake Tahoe CA 18.5751 n/a 3,206
7,816 miles from location Art Center College of Design Pasadena CA 27.1992 63% 1,945
7,811 miles from location The Art Institute of California-Orange County Santa Ana CA 22.0401 95% 1,873
7,949 miles from location California College of the Arts Oakland CA 23.8644 24% 1,828
7,940 miles from location Pacific Union College Angwin CA 58.6375 59% 1,526
7,832 miles from location California Institute of the Arts Valencia CA 29.1529 33% 1,399
7,893 miles from location Brooks Institute Santa Barbara CA 27.423 100% 949
7,958 miles from location San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco CA 55.4442 14% 571
7,781 miles from location Platt College-San Diego San Diego CA 23.2032 n/a 293

Curious what studying Photography gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in California

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Photographers + 4,830 $41,990 -4.4%
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture + 3,260 $61,540 -41.0%

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