Photography Director Salary

With just below three-fifths of Photography Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Photography Directors is $71K per year and can range from $36K on the lower end to $121K per year near the higher end. Career duration 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. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by a majority. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$39,491 - $116,018
$39K
$71K
$120K
MEDIAN: $70,969
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$10.21 - $97.87
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$98
MEDIAN: $23.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,491 - $116,018  
   
Bonus
$507 - $15,781  
Total Pay (?
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$36,153 - $121,170  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $97.87  
   
Overtime
$25.25  
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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$36,153 - $121,170  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $43K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $71K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Photography Directors make a median salary of $89K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $88K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $69,614

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Photography Directors, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Photography Directors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+19 percent).

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Key Stats for Photography Director

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
22%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Photography Director Salaries

▲27%

▲26%

▲2%

National Average
$70,000

Entry-Level
▼38%

Skills That Affect Photography Director Salaries

National Average
$70,000



People Management
▼25%

Video Editing
▼26%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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