With close to 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 $38K to $119K per year and averages out to $61K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Photography Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Photography Directors (55 percent) survey respondents. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$39,908 - $112,530
(Median)
$40K
$61K
$110K
MEDIAN: $60,678
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$10.14 - $98.63
(Median)
$10
$22
$99
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,908 - $112,530  
   
Bonus
$507 - $15,781  
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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$38,438 - $119,268  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 64
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $98.63  
   
Overtime
$24.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$507 - $15,781  
   
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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$38,438 - $119,268  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Photography Director

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


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $46K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $56K. For Photography Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $89K. For some reason, Photography Directors with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $80K.

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Experience Affects Photography Director Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 51%

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

National Average
$59,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Photography Director Salaries

Product Photography
up arrow 15%

National Average
$59,000


People Management
up arrow 11%

Video Editing
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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