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Photographer, Commercial Salary

The average Commercial Photographer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $46K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Commercial Photographers claim high levels of job satisfaction. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. There are more male Commercial Photographers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 62 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,193 - $67,555
(Median)
$30K
$46K
$68K
MEDIAN: $46,348
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90%

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$10.13 - $32.00
(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
$30,193 - $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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$25,628 - $68,707  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 181
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.13 - $32.00  
   
Overtime
$11.92 - $73.40  
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).
)
$25,628 - $68,707  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 119

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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. It is often found that people who know Adobe Photoshop are also skilled in Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Photographer, Commercial

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Commercial Photographers. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $34K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $46K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Commercial Photographers make a median salary of $51K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Commercial Photographers, 34 percent higher than the national average. Commercial Photographers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+20 percent) and Seattle (+17 percent). Los Angeles is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 2 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

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 28%