Photo Stylist Salary
An average Photo Stylist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $49K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 89 percent of Photo Stylists are female. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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.Read More...
Photo stylists must ensure that all correct props are available on the photo shooting site, and they may arrange props and ensure the background matches the vision of the subject or photographer. Some photo stylists keep a wide range of fashion accessories and home props for use in a variety of photo shoots, and it's important that they always stay up-to-date with the latest trends in the fashion and photography industries so they can create the best scenarios for photo shoots.
Photo stylists work long and occasionally unexpected hours, as they may be needed sporadically when impromptu shoots are necessary or unexpected changes are made to photo shoots. Lifting ladders and other heavy items and props may be a regular responsibility, so these stylists should also be physically fit. Depending on the employer, a degree in photography or a background in the field is generally required for this position.
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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Photo Stylists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $41K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $50K. Photo Stylists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $60K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $73K.
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