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Photography Director Salary

Photography Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent more than half of Photography Directors. Salaries average out to around $61K per year and spread from $38K to $119K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women Photography Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Male Photography Directors are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. The majority of Photography Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and over one-half receive dental plans. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$36,058 - $118,597
(Median)
$36K
$61K
$120K
MEDIAN: $61,194
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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
$36,058 - $118,597  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,964  
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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$37,718 - $119,149  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $51.31  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $123.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,964  
   
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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$37,718 - $119,149  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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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Photography Directors usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Adobe Photoshop, People Management, and Product Photography can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those listing Product Photography as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. People Management and Adobe Photoshop also typically command lower compensation.

Pay by Experience Level for Photography Director

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


Photography Directors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $48K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $57K. For Photography Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $90K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $104K.

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Experience Affects Photography Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 70%

Experienced
up arrow 47%

National Average
$61,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Photography Director Salaries

National Average
$61,000


People Management
up arrow 14%

Product Photography
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 28%
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