Photography Director Salary

With just under 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 $65K annually and can range from $39K on the lower end to $120K per year near the higher end. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women make up a slight majority of Photography Directors (51 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Photography Directors. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and a little over a half have dental, as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$36,884 - $120,303
(Median)
$37K
$65K
$120K
MEDIAN: $64,708
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90%

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$10.21 - $51.31
(Median)
$10
$20
$51
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$36,884 - $120,303  
   
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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$38,746 - $119,819  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 83
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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$38,746 - $119,819  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 takers who work as Photography Directors report a focused set of job 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Photography Directors. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $46K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $56K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Photography Directors make a median salary of $91K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $104K.

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Experience Affects Photography Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 70%

Experienced
up arrow 50%

National Average
$61,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

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
17%
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: 47% employee benefits None: 29%
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