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Photographer, Commercial Salary

The average Commercial Photographer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $46K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are more male Commercial Photographers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 61 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by a little over a half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,535 - $66,930
(Median)
$31K
$46K
$67K
MEDIAN: $45,680
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50%
90%

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$9.18 - $49.09
(Median)
$9
$16
$49
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,535 - $66,930  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,955  
Profit Sharing
$800 - $2,023  
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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$25,008 - $69,846  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 194
National Hourly Rate 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$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.18 - $49.09  
   
Overtime
$12.00 - $73.19  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,955  
   
Profit Sharing
$800 - $2,023  
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).
)
$25,008 - $69,846  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 122
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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. Product Photography and Adobe Photoshop are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 13 percent and 4 percent, respectively. 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $35K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $45K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $51K. Commercial 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 $61K.

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Experience Affects Photographer, Commercial Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Photographer, Commercial Salaries


Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%

Editing
up arrow 2%

National Average
$42,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
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: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 30%