Photo Stylist Salary

Most Photo Stylists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $46K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Though the majority of Photo Stylists do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,783 - $74,497
(Median)
$38K
$46K
$74K
MEDIAN: $45,604
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$11.23 - $77.76
(Median)
$11
$21
$78
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$37,783 - $74,497  
   
Bonus
$1,017  
Profit Sharing
$450.00  
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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$32,041 - $86,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$11.23 - $77.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$10.00  
Overtime
$24.19  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,017  
   
Profit Sharing
$450.00  
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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$32,041 - $86,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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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.


For many Photo Stylists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $41K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $42K. Photo Stylists bring in $61K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $64K.

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Experience Affects Photo Stylist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 32%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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