Median pay for Still Photographers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $14.89 per hour. Although a fair number have medical coverage and a little over a half have dental coverage, one-fourth claim no health benefits at all. For the most part, Still Photographers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$29,329 - $76,026
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$29K
$50K
$76K
MEDIAN: $49,659
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$9.93 - $20.00
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$29,329 - $76,026  
   
Total Pay (?
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$20,990 - $60,678  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.93 - $20.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.18  
Overtime
$22.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Total Pay (?
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$20,990 - $60,678  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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Job Description for Photographer, Still

Still photographers capture photographs of both people, landscapes, inanimate objects, and other sights. These pictures may be used either by clients for commercial purposes, such as brochures, banners, and websites, or for personal uses such as commemorating events and milestones.

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Photographer, Still Tasks

  • Review sets of photographs to select the best work.
  • Operate various types of photographic and computer equipment to create photographic images.
  • Use creative knowledge to compose photographs.
  • Take pictures either in studio or on location.
  • Work with clients or workplace teams to create photographic images.

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Pay by Experience Level for Photographer, Still

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $34K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $49K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Still Photographers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $49K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $59K on average.

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Experience Affects Photographer, Still Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 60%

Mid-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 34%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Photographer, Still Salaries

Product Photography
up arrow 2%

National Average
$37,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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