Photographer, Still Salary

Still Photographers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $49K per year. Women make up a slight majority of Still Photographers (58 percent) survey respondents. Some workers in this field — just under one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Still Photographers largely appreciate their work and find this position highly satisfactory. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,698 - $74,497
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$49K
$74K
MEDIAN: $48,894
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$10.14 - $20.43
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MEDIAN: $15.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,698 - $74,497  
   
Total Pay (?
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$23,136 - $60,133  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $20.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.15  
Overtime
$21.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
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$23,136 - $60,133  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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Job Description for Photographer, Still

Still photographers capture photographs of both people, landscapes, inanimate objects, and other sights. These pictures may be used either by clients for commercial purposes, such as brochures, banners, and websites, or for personal uses such as commemorating events and milestones.

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Photographer, Still Tasks

  • Take pictures either in studio or on location.
  • Work with clients or workplace teams to create photographic images.
  • Use creative knowledge to compose photographs.
  • Review sets of photographs to select the best work.
  • Operate various types of photographic and computer equipment to create photographic images.

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Pay by Experience Level for Photographer, Still

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


Still Photographers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $36K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $46K. Still Photographers see a median salary of $49K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Still Photographers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $59K.

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Key Stats for Photographer, Still

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Photographer, Still Salaries

Late-Career
▲54%

Experienced
▲29%

Mid-Career
▲20%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
▼6%

Skills That Affect Photographer, Still Salaries

National Average
$38,000

Product Photography
▼2%


Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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