A Senior Photographer earns an average salary of $65,106 per year.

$33,935 - $96,665
(Median)
$34K
$65K
$97K
MEDIAN: $65,105
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90%

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$10.89 - $37.51
(Median)
$11
$19
$38
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$33,935 - $96,665  
   
Bonus
$309.13 - $10,193  
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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$29,870 - $94,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.89 - $37.51  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $33.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$309.13 - $10,193  
   
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).
)
$29,870 - $94,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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Job Description for Senior Photographer

Senior photographers work for a range of organizations, including advertising/marketing companies, photography studios, magazines, and newspapers, and many also work independently. Because this is a senior position, a great deal of experience is typically required and they must also be able to coach and mentor less experienced photographers. Flexibility is often necessary for this position, as they may need to work varied schedules including days, evenings, nights, holidays, or weekends. They may be required to stand and walk for long periods of time and must be able to stoop, squat, bend, climb, and kneel to take pictures from different angles. Senior photographers must also be knowledgeable in using natural or unnatural lighting, familiar with both digital and conventional cameras, and able to carry and move heavy equipment and props.

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Senior Photographer Tasks

  • Assess, critique, and train junior photographers.
  • Conduct photography sessions across a variety of customers and settings.
  • Use creative and technical photography knowledge to compose high-equality photographs.
  • Review sets of photographs to select the best work.
  • Utilize software such as Photoshop, Lightroom, and Bridge to edit photographs.

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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Photographer

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

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Experience Affects Senior Photographer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$58,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 45%

Skills That Affect Senior Photographer Salaries


Adobe Photoshop
0%

National Average
$58,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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