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Photographer, Commercial Salary

The average Commercial Photographer in the United States earns approximately $46K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Commercial Photographers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — just under one in three — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and just over a half have dental insurance. Male Commercial Photographers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (63 percent) are men. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,011 - $67,555
(Median)
$30K
$46K
$68K
MEDIAN: $46,481
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$10.25 - $32.21
(Median)
$10
$16
$32
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,011 - $67,555  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,100 - $2,250  
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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$25,607 - $68,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 181
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.25 - $32.21  
   
Overtime
$11.63 - $73.97  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,100 - $2,250  
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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$25,607 - $68,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Photographer, Commercial


Survey takers who work as Commercial Photographers usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Product Photography, Adobe Photoshop, and Editing can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those proficient in Adobe Photoshop are, more often than not, also skilled in Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Photographer, Commercial

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


Commercial Photographers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $34K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $45K. Commercial Photographers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $51K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Commercial Photographers that is 34 percent greater than the national average, Chicago offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Commercial Photographers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+21 percent) and Seattle (+6 percent). With compensation 1 percent below the national average, Los Angeles is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Photographer, Commercial Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Photographer, Commercial Salaries


Adobe Photoshop
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National Average
$41,000

Editing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 28%
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