Photographer, Commercial Salary

Average Commercial Photographers in the United States make around $47K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Commercial Photographers is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. Male Commercial Photographers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 60 percent of professionals. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,066 - $67,635

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$10.17 - $31.79

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,066 - $67,635  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
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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$25,222 - $68,896  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 180
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.17 - $31.79  
   
Overtime
$11.74 - $73.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
   
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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$25,222 - $68,896  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 120
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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


Commercial Photographers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Those who have experience with Product Photography, Adobe Photoshop, and Editing can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those familiar with Adobe Photoshop also tend to know 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $34K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $45K. Commercial Photographers bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $61K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Commercial Photographers, Chicago offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Commercial Photographers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+20 percent). Seattle is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 6 percent.

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Experience Affects Photographer, Commercial Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Photographer, Commercial Salaries


Adobe Photoshop
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National Average
$42,000

Editing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 29%
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