Photography Director Salary

Slightly less than three-fifths of Photography Directors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $39K to $120K per year, and the average comes out to $65K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. 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 Photography Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. For the most part, Photography Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and just over a half receive dental plans. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,147 - $120,114

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$10.21 - $51.31

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$37,147 - $120,114  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,036  
Total Pay (?
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$38,948 - $119,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $51.31  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $123.29  
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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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$38,948 - $119,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Photography Directors who took the survey. Those who have experience with Product Photography, Adobe Photoshop, and People Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include People Management and Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop and Product Photography are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Photography Director

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


Photography Directors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $48K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $56K. For Photography Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $91K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $104K.

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Experience Affects Photography Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 70%

Experienced
up arrow 49%

National Average
$61,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Photography Director Salaries

Product Photography
up arrow 17%

National Average
$61,000


People Management
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 29%
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