Photography Director Salary

Photography Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just under three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $68K annually on average but can range from $39K to $120K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Photography Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Photography Directors making up 51 percent of survey respondents. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,268 - $120,114
(Median)
$39K
$68K
$120K
MEDIAN: $68,201
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$10.07 - $50.81
(Median)
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$20
$51
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,268 - $120,114  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,274  
Profit Sharing
$8,250  
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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$38,892 - $119,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $50.81  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $145.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,274  
   
Profit Sharing
$8,250  
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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$38,892 - $119,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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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

  • 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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Professional skills reported by Photography Directors are few in number. Fortunate workers who know Product Photography can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 25 percent above average. Those listing Video Editing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. People Management and Adobe Photoshop also typically command lower compensation. Adobe Photoshop and Product Photography are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Photography Director

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


Photography Directors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $45K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $58K on average. Photography Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $88K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $103K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Photography Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 69%

Experienced
up arrow 45%

National Average
$61,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 26%

Skills That Affect Photography Director Salaries

Product Photography
up arrow 25%

National Average
$61,000


People Management
up arrow 14%

Video Editing
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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