$45,651
Avg. Salary
$15.97
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,483

Bonus

$1,200

Profit Sharing

$4,500

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Photographer, Commercial is $15.97 per hour.

The average pay for a Photographer, Commercial is $45,651 per year.

$11.03
10%
$15.97
50%
$27.67
90%
MEDIAN $15.97
$30k
10%
$46k
50%
$76k
90%
MEDIAN $45,651
$30,484 - $76,111
$30K
$46K
$76K
MEDIAN: $45,651
10%
50%
90%

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$11.03 - $27.67
$11
$16
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MEDIAN: $15.97
10%
50%
90%

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$0$76K
Salary $30,484 - $76,111
Bonus $196 - $8,808
Profit Sharing $1,200
Commission $4,500
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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$25,492 - $73,184
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 277
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $11.03 - $27.67
Hourly Tips $0.81
Overtime $17.94 - $38.29
Annual Data $0$73K
Bonus $196 - $8,808
Commission $4,500
Profit Sharing $1,200
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).
)
$25,492 - $73,184
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 240

Job Description for Photographer, Commercial

The job of a commercial photographer is to photograph and document images which are often used in his/her company's promotional/advertising campaigns; these photographs may also be used in magazines, editorials, billboards, television commercials, and more. Aside from taking pictures for commercial use, these photographers may also be required to manipulate these images using computer software to achieve the company's desired feel and appearance.

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Photographer, Commercial Tasks
  • Photograph designated subjects, adjusting composition, and camera settings for optimal end result.
  • Schedule photo shoots, test equipment, and interpret client requests.
  • Review photographs and select the most suitable for the client.
  • Edit and deliver photos, providing metadata and context as necessary.

Common Career Paths for Photographer, Commercial


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Photographer, Commercial Job Listings

Popular Skills for Photographer, Commercial


Professional skills reported by Commercial Photographers are few in number. Most notably, skills in Product Photography, Adobe Photoshop, Editing, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Graphic Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Adobe Illustrator and Editing also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Adobe Photoshop tend to be well versed in Editing and Adobe Illustrator.

Pay by Experience Level for Photographer, Commercial

Pay by Experience for a Photographer, Commercial has a positive trend. An entry-level Photographer, Commercial with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 140 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Photographer, Commercial with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 89 salaries. An experienced Photographer, Commercial which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 48 salaries. A Photographer, Commercial with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 25 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,963

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Commercial Photographers will find that Chicago offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 52 percent. Commercial Photographers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+21 percent). Compared to the national average, Philadelphia Commercial Photographers have considerably lower salaries, 43 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Los Angeles (7 percent less) and Atlanta (4 percent less).

Photographer, Commercial Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Photographer, Commercial?

Photographer, Commercial in Columbia:
"Fair pay, early hours, a lot of driving, and a constant need to adapt."
Pros: Interacting with children and making them smile is my favorite part of the job.
Cons: Traveling is a pain without a company car.

Photographer, Commercial in Boca Raton:
"Office conditions."
Pros: I like that I am doing what I love and getting paid for it.
Cons: Communication barriers, and some employees are under qualified for their positions.

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Key Stats for Photographer, Commercial

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 91 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Photographer, Commercial Salaries

▲47%

▲27%

▲5%

National Average
$41,000

▼18%

Skills That Affect Photographer, Commercial Salaries

National Average
$41,000



▼8%

Adobe Illustrator
▼23%

Graphic Design
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 37%