Average Photographer Hourly Pay

$16.77
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$1,193
Bonus
$3,300
Commission
$1,017
Profit Sharing
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The average hourly pay for a Photographer is $16.77.
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$10.32
MEDIAN
$16.77
90%
$63.12
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Hourly Rate
$10 - $63
Bonus
$97 - $7,077
Profit Sharing
$200 - $14,000
Commission
$220 - $10,280
Total Pay
$23,652 - $100,164
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What Do Photographers Do?

Photographer Tasks
  • Take pictures either in studio or on location.
  • Work with clients or workplace teams to create photographic images.
  • Use creative knowledge to compose photographs.
  • Review sets of photographs to select the best work.
  • Operate various types of photographic and computer equipment to create photographic images.

Job Satisfaction for Photographer

3.7 out of 5
(358)
Highly Satisfied
51Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Photographer are from the companies Lifetouch, Inc., Lifetouch National School Studios, Inc. and Hot Topic, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Hot Topic, Inc. where the average pay is $25.00. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Self-Employed and Richfield Bloomington Honda, earning around $25.00 and $19.21, respectively. Portrait Innovations pays the lowest at around $11.00. The Walt Disney Company and Lifetouch, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $11.24 and $11.36, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Photographers?

Skills in Adobe Photoshop, Editing, Product Photography, Social Media Marketing and Video Editing are correlated to pay that is above average.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Photographers?

An entry-level Photographer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $13.20 based on 68 salaries. An early career Photographer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.29 based on 890 salaries. A mid-career Photographer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.21 based on 642 salaries. An experienced Photographer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $20.17 based on 499 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $25.
Employees with Photographer in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 105.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (31.1% more) and San Francisco, California (25.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (12.9% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 2,306 survey responses.
Entry Level
2.9%
Early Career
38.6%
Mid Career
27.8%
Experienced
21.6%
Late Career
9.0%