It's impossible to make it big as a Still Photographers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $50K per year. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly more than a fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Female Still Photographers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 63 percent of professionals. It's exciting to note that the majority of individuals in this field enjoy their work considerably.

$29,329 - $76,026
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MEDIAN: $49,660
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$9.93 - $20.27
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$29,329 - $76,026  
   
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$21,075 - $61,277  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.93 - $20.27  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.18  
Overtime
$21.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
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$21,075 - $61,277  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 20

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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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $34K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $50K. Still Photographers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $49K. Still Photographers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $59K.

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Key Stats for Photographer, Still

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %
050
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Photographer, Still Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 54%

Mid-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 29%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Photographer, Still Salaries

National Average
$38,000

Product Photography
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 12%

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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