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Photography Director Salary (United States)

Photography Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just over a half of Photography Directors. Pay fluctuates from $37K to $121K per year, but expected earnings average $66K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — nearly one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and slightly more than half have dental insurance. 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. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Photography Director Salary (?
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$35,402 - $120,438
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66K
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MEDIAN: $65,984
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Photography Director Salary (?
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$10.26 - $51.21
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,402 - $120,438  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,982  
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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$36,873 - $120,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$10.26 - $51.21  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $123.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,982  
   
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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$36,873 - $120,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Photography Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Photography Directors. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $49K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $64K. Photography Directors bring in $84K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $105K.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$63,000
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Photography Directors will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 48 percent. Photography Directors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+19 percent).

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Experience Affects Photography Director Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 33%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$63,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
50%
female alumni
 
Male
50%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 27%