Photographer, Commercial Salary

Median pay for Commercial Photographers in the United States is around $44K per year. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — approximately one-third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by close to one-half. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Commercial Photographers who responded to the questionnaire — 61 percent to be exact. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,466 - $77,129
$29K
$44K
$77K
MEDIAN: $44,197
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50%
90%

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$11.07 - $25.85
$11
$16
$26
MEDIAN: $16.45
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$0$77K
Salary $29,466 - $77,129
Bonus $600 - $7,221
Profit Sharing $1,000
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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$25,186 - $71,555
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 146
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $11.07 - $25.85
Hourly Tips $0.81
Overtime $18.31 - $38.40
Annual Data $0$71K
Bonus $600 - $7,221
Profit Sharing $1,000
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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$25,186 - $71,555
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 137

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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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: $40,471

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 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
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Photographer, Commercial Salaries

▲49%

▲28%

▲6%

National Average
$40,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Photographer, Commercial Salaries

National Average
$40,000



▼7%

Graphic Design
▼23%

Adobe Illustrator
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 33%