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Photography Director Salary

Photography Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just over a half of Photography Directors. Pay fluctuates from $37K to $120K per year, but expected earnings average $61K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Although a fair number have medical coverage and just over a half have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. Most Photography Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,849 - $119,768
(Median)
$36K
$61K
$120K
MEDIAN: $60,954
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50%
90%

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$10.21 - $51.31
(Median)
$10
$20
$51
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,849 - $119,768  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,000  
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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$37,362 - $120,234  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $51.31  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $122.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,000  
   
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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$37,362 - $120,234  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20

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Job Description for Photography Director

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

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Survey takers who work as Photography Directors typically report just a few professional skills. Adobe Photoshop and People Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include People Management and Adobe Photoshop. Aptitude in Adobe Photoshop tends to also indicate an understanding of People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Photography Director

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


Photography Directors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $49K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $59K. Photography Directors see a median salary of $90K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $105K.

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Experience Affects Photography Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 73%

Experienced
up arrow 47%

National Average
$61,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Skills That Affect Photography Director Salaries

National Average
$61,000


People Management
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 29%