Photography Director Salary

Slightly less than three-fifths of Photography Directors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $39K to $130K per year, but median earnings come to around $72K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and over a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by slightly more than half. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Photography Directors making up 53 percent of survey respondents. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$39,761 - $129,426
$40K
$72K
$130K
MEDIAN: $71,677
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$11.75 - $75.00
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$75
MEDIAN: $23.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,761 - $129,426  
   
Bonus
$515 - $15,574  
Total Pay (?
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$38,977 - $129,963  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 66
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.75 - $75.00  
   
Overtime
$25.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$515 - $15,574  
   
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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$38,977 - $129,963  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 14

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Job Description for Photography Director

Photography directors usually work on the set of a film or television show and are in charge of the production's cinematography and visual style. They often work with the producer and head director to develop ideas regarding this visual style, and they themselves often hire and manage several crew members who are in charge of the cameras and lighting.

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Photography Director Tasks

  • Photograph people, events, and items according client specifications.
  • Evaluate, manipulate, and publish photos using computer software.
  • Apply best practices for use of light, framing, and composition.

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Pay by Experience Level for Photography Director

Pay by Experience for a Photography Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Photography Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 21 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Photography Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 25 salaries. An experienced Photography Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $89,000 based on 30 salaries. A Photography Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 15 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,514

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Photography Directors that is 50 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Photography Directors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+17 percent).

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Key Stats for Photography Director

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Photography Director Salaries

▲26%

▲24%

▲1%

National Average
$71,000

Entry-Level
▼39%

Skills That Affect Photography Director Salaries

National Average
$71,000



People Management
▼26%

Video Editing
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 35%
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