Photographer, Commercial Salary

For Commercial Photographers, annual average wages total $46K per year. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. While one-third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and slightly less than half have dental, as well. Men account for the majority of Commercial Photographers who responded to the questionnaire — 61 percent to be exact. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,252 - $75,132
$30K
$46K
$75K
MEDIAN: $46,185
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$10.68 - $29.36
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$29
MEDIAN: $15.28
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,252 - $75,132  
   
Bonus
$251.68 - $9,123  
Profit Sharing
$800  
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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$24,784 - $73,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.68 - $29.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.81  
Overtime
$17.39 - $37.54  
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
$251.68 - $9,123  
   
Profit Sharing
$800  
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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$24,784 - $73,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 122

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Job Description for Photographer, Commercial

The job of a commercial photographer is to photograph and document images which are often used in his/her company's promotional/advertising campaigns; these photographs may also be used in magazines, editorials, billboards, television commercials, and more. Aside from taking pictures for commercial use, these photographers may also be required to manipulate these images using computer software to achieve the company's desired feel and appearance.

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Photographer, Commercial Tasks

  • Photograph designated subjects, adjusting composition, and camera settings for optimal end result.
  • Schedule photo shoots, test equipment, and interpret client requests.
  • Review photographs and select the most suitable for the client.
  • Edit and deliver photos, providing metadata and context as necessary.

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Popular Skills for Photographer, Commercial


Commercial Photographers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Product Photography, Adobe Photoshop, Editing, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Graphic Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Adobe Illustrator and Editing also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Adobe Photoshop tend to be well versed in Editing and Adobe Illustrator.

Pay by Experience Level for Photographer, Commercial

Pay by Experience for a Photographer, Commercial has a positive trend. An entry-level Photographer, Commercial with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 140 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Photographer, Commercial with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 89 salaries. An experienced Photographer, Commercial which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 48 salaries. A Photographer, Commercial with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 25 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,449

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Commercial Photographers, 51 percent higher than the national average. Commercial Photographers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+21 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Commercial Photographer's salary, with Philadelphia Commercial Photographers earning salaries that are 43 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Los Angeles and 4 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Photographer, Commercial

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Photographer, Commercial Salaries

▲49%

▲28%

▲6%

National Average
$40,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Photographer, Commercial Salaries

National Average
$40,000



▼6%

Adobe Illustrator
▼22%

Graphic Design
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 34%
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