Photographer, Still Salary

Pay for Still Photographers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $15.48 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $10.14 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $24.83. Most Still Photographers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one-fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Women make up a slight majority of Still Photographers (55 percent) survey respondents.

$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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Professional skills reported by Still Photographers are few in number. Product Photography and Adobe Photoshop are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. It is not unusual for someone who knows Adobe Photoshop to be familiar with Product Photography as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Photographer, Still

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


For many Still Photographers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $32K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $42K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $49K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $59K on average.

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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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