Senior Photographer Salary

A Senior Photographer earns an average salary of $58,797 per year.

$33,988 - $96,983
(Median)
$34K
$59K
$97K
MEDIAN: $58,796
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$10.93 - $39.15
(Median)
$11
$19
$39
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$33,988 - $96,983  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,084  
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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$30,424 - $94,890  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.93 - $39.15  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $45.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,084  
   
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).
)
$30,424 - $94,890  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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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

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

National Average
$57,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 40%

Skills That Affect Senior Photographer Salaries

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Product Photography
0%

National Average
$57,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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