Women make up the vast majority of Photo Stylists in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $49K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$38,342 - $77,670
(Median)
$38K
$49K
$78K
MEDIAN: $48,898
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50%
90%

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$14.25 - $35.13
(Median)
$14
$20
$35
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,342 - $77,670  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,245 - $75,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.25 - $35.13  
   
Overtime
$24.48  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,245 - $75,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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Job Description for Photo Stylist

Photo stylists are tasked with helping the subjects of photos get the “right” look. To ensure that a photo shoot goes as expected, a photo stylist must decide on the best clothing, accessories, backgrounds, and even poses for a subject, and they occasionally take orders directly or indirectly from photographers or art directors.

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Pay by Experience Level for Photo Stylist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Photo Stylists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $50K. Photo Stylists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $60K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $69K.

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Experience Affects Photo Stylist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$48,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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