Photography Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just over a half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $68K per year on average but can range from $39K to $119K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. For the most part, Photography Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,908 - $113,383
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MEDIAN: $67,902
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$10.21 - $97.87
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,908 - $113,383  
   
Bonus
$503 - $15,893  
Total Pay (?
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$38,630 - $119,017  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 64
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $97.87  
   
Overtime
$24.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$503 - $15,893  
   
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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$38,630 - $119,017  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 12

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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

  • Photograph people, events, and items according client specifications.
  • Evaluate, manipulate, and publish photos using computer software.
  • Apply best practices for use of light, framing, and composition.

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Pay by Experience Level for Photography Director

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $44K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $62K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Photography Directors make a median salary of $87K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $80K.

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Key Stats for Photography Director

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
035
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Photography Director Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 42%

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$61,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 29%

Skills That Affect Photography Director Salaries

National Average
$61,000

Product Photography
up arrow 8%

People Management
up arrow 14%


Video Editing
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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