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Photography Director Salary

With over one-half of Photography Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $37K to $119K per year and averages out to $61K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. 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. Women make up a slight majority of Photography Directors (50 percent) survey respondents. Just under one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and over one-half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction for Photography Directors is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$35,849 - $118,937
(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 - $118,937  
   
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 - $119,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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 - $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 - $119,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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Survey results show that 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 seem to negatively impact pay include People Management and Adobe Photoshop.

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 median compensation for relatively untried workers is $48K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $57K. Photography Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $90K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $104K.

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Experience Affects Photography Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 71%

Experienced
up arrow 48%

National Average
$61,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

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 19 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 29%
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