Photography Director Salary

Photography Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just below three-fifths of Photography Directors. Salaries average out to around $63K per year and spread from $39K to $120K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Photography Directors. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a little over a half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,013 - $120,209
(Median)
$37K
$63K
$120K
MEDIAN: $62,684
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$10.21 - $51.31
(Median)
$10
$20
$51
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$37,013 - $120,209  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,036  
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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$38,846 - $119,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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 - $8,036  
   
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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$38,846 - $119,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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. 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $47K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $56K. Photography Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $91K. 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 71%

Experienced
up arrow 50%

National Average
$61,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

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
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 29%
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