Photographer, Still Salary

Pay for Still Photographers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $15.48 per hour. Pay generally varies between $10.14 per hour and $24.83. Most Still Photographers report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Still Photographers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Some workers in this field — roughly one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$29,479 - $76,302
(Median)
$29K
$47K
$76K
MEDIAN: $47,358
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$10.14 - $24.83
(Median)
$10
$15
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$29,479 - $76,302  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
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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$24,337 - $72,441  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 29
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $24.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20  
Overtime
$15.10 - $35.01  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
   
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).
)
$24,337 - $72,441  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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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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Still Photographers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Product Photography and Adobe Photoshop are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Many workers who know Adobe Photoshop also know Product Photography.

Pay by Experience Level for Photographer, Still

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $32K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $42K. On average, Still Photographers make $49K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $59K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Photographer, Still Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 47%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Skills That Affect Photographer, Still Salaries

Product Photography
up arrow 6%

National Average
$40,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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