Photographer, Commercial Salary

Earnings for Commercial Photographers in the United States come in at around $47K per year on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 61 percent of Commercial Photographers are male. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. For the most part, Commercial Photographers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,010 - $67,908
(Median)
$30K
$47K
$68K
MEDIAN: $46,980
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90%

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$10.28 - $31.79
(Median)
$10
$16
$32
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,010 - $67,908  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,025  
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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$25,318 - $69,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 176
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.28 - $31.79  
   
Overtime
$11.84 - $73.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,025  
   
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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$25,318 - $69,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Commercial Photographers who took the survey. Those who have experience with Product Photography, Adobe Photoshop, and Editing can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Editing. 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $34K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $45K. Commercial Photographers bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Commercial Photographers, working in the bustling city of Chicago has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Commercial Photographers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+20 percent). Seattle ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 4 percent below the national average.

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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
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

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