|Salary||$18,000 - $73,698|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $397,317|
|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).)
|$22,727 - $202,929|
|Hourly Rate||$11.91 - $101|
|Overtime||$5.30 - $218|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $397,317|
|Total Pay (||$22,727 - $202,929|
Job Description for Freelance Photographer
Freelance photographers usually find that the job has two sides, a creative side that involves the photography of subjects and a business side. Most photographers find the creative elements of the job to be rewarding enough to be willing to endure the vagaries and hassles of the business side. Most photographers will specialize somewhat in the subject matter they shoot. This specialty is usually based upon the aptitude and interest of the photographer. For instance, some photographers will work in nature and landscapes. Others will work in urban settings or portraiture. Some may specialize in sports work.Read More...
Much of the market for freelance work involves the use of images in stock photography. Advertisers and media platforms typically require a constant stream of photographs to help dress up web and print content. The problem faced by many freelancers is the use of their work without remuneration or credit. Successful freelancers must network extensively with advertisers and content providers to sell their work, and they must remain fairly vigilant about photos being used without permission or pay.
Most freelance photographers will have received some formal education or training in the field, either in college or from a separate set of specialized classes. Photographers must be fluent in a variety of camera equipment, such as lighting and development techniques. Freelance photographers may keep regular hours, but shooting schedules and opportunities vary. As such, the hours in this job are usually irregular. While freelancers may primarily work out of a studio, field work is far more common with this profession. (Copyright 2018 PayScale.com)
Freelance Photographer Tasks
- Perform photo shoots for clients.
- Meet with clients to discuss needs.
- Edit photos.
- Determine and use the best photography equipment for the situation.
Common Career Paths for Freelance Photographer
Freelance Photographers who advance into a position like Fashion Photographer may end up working for a little less. On average, Photographer, Fashions take home $44K annually. Freelance Photographers most often move into Photographer or Commercial Photographer roles. However, the former pays $16K less on average, and the latter pays $9K less.
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Pay by Experience Level for Freelance Photographer
Pay by Experience for a Freelance Photographer has a positive trend. An entry-level Freelance Photographer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 61 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Freelance Photographer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 29 salaries. An experienced Freelance Photographer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 14 salaries. A Freelance Photographer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 8 salaries.
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