Photographer, Commercial Salary
|Salary||$30,252 - $75,132|
|Bonus||$251.68 - $9,123|
|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).)
|$24,784 - $73,965|
|Hourly Rate||$10.68 - $29.36|
|Overtime||$17.39 - $37.54|
|Bonus||$251.68 - $9,123|
|Total Pay (||$24,784 - $73,965|
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.Read More...
Commercial photographers may work on their own or on teams, and are often employed within a company's design department and report to a creative director. They should be able to take initiative on their own and work well independently, but also communicate effectively and have a creative eye for design. They should also be very tech-savvy and stay up-to-date with all of the latest trends in the industry.
Employers of commercial photographers generally prefer those with extensive experience, a college degree, or a combination of the two. Prior experience is extremely important, and a portfolio of past work is always beneficial. Knowledge of, and experience with, industry-specific software is also recommended.
The workdays of commercial photographers will vary, as they may work regular hours, late into the night, or even on weekends or holidays. It often depends on the company which employs them and the particular industry in which they work.
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.
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
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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