$43,282
Avg. Salary
$15.99
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,190

Profit Sharing

$1,017

Commission

$2,750

The average pay for a Photographer is $15.99 per hour.

The average pay for a Photographer is $43,282 per year.

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$16
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$58
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MEDIAN $16
$25k
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$75k
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MEDIAN $43,282
$24,688 - $75,463
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MEDIAN: $43,282
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$9.91 - $58.22
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$0$96K
Salary $24,688 - $75,463
Bonus $97.80 - $6,983
Profit Sharing $98.14 - $8,081
Commission $30.20 - $10,256
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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$21,695 - $96,185
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,454
Hourly Data $0$58
Hourly Rate $9.91 - $58.22
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $5.20
Overtime $9.75 - $40.40
Annual Data $0$96K
Bonus $97.80 - $6,983
Commission $30.20 - $10,256
Profit Sharing $98.14 - $8,081
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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$21,695 - $96,185
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,449

Job Description for Photographer

Photographers use their creative and technical capabilities to capture photos of people, places, and things. Photographers generally spend a great deal of time coming up with ways to market their skills to the public, and they are often hired to take photos at memorable events such as weddings, birthdays, and graduations. They usually have in-depth knowledge of photo editing software which may or may not be used to enhance pictures. It is also common for photographers to offer photo album designs to serve as covers for customers' memorable photographs.

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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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Photographer


Self-Employed leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $35K.

Lifetouch, Inc. seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $24K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $19K and $38K.

Common Career Paths for Photographer


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As Photographers transition into upper-level roles such as Photography Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Photography Directors earn $64K on average per year. A Photographer often moves on to become a Commercial Photographer or a Graphic Artist & Designer.

Photographer Job Listings

Popular Skills for Photographer


Photographers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Lightroom, and Video Editing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 13 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Those listing Portrait Photography as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Service and Sales also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Adobe Photoshop also know Graphic Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Photographer

Pay by Experience for a Photographer has a positive trend. An entry-level Photographer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 876 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Photographer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 601 salaries. An experienced Photographer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 370 salaries. A Photographer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 163 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,232

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

For Photographers, Washington provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater than the national average. Photographers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+24 percent), Indianapolis (+22 percent), Dallas (+20 percent), and Portland (+18 percent). Houston is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average.

Photographer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Photographer?

Photographer in New Cumberland:
"Barely Getting By."
Pros: I like that my work is close to home which makes it convenient for getting my children to school and sports.
Cons: The treatment I recieve from my boss and the pay.

Photographer in Temple City:
"I love photographing objects, the world, and people."
Pros: What I do, that is it.
Cons: Being underpaid. Getting pulled into drama because I work for a dysfunctional family. Receiving pay late. Unrealistic deadlines. Nobody cares about what I think or say.

Photographer in Belfast:
"An easy career."
Not for the faint hearted. 10 % photography. 90% admin , editing , building relationships , customer relations , query handling , travelling , training working to deadlines managing people's expectations ...dealing with the mother of the bride to the challenging child to the client with no brief ..be adaptable ..pleasant in all situations & build a database of clients to continue to work with.

Photographer in Bartlett:
"My job is as relaxed as it gets."

Photographer in San Diego:
"Value is the thing."
At every step of your career, as you become more experienced and more capable of handling larger and more complicated production work, understand that your value to your organization is increasing, and the benefit that this increase in value provides to the organization should be concomitant to higher and higher pay.

Photographer in Sioux Falls:
"Embracing A Digital Workflow."
Have a strong knowledge of how to use social media to promote your work. In addition to creating images daily be prepared and well versed in how to shoot and edit video packages.

Photographer in Seattle:
"Awesome Work."
Pros: I love the atmosphere, the people, the fashion.
Cons: Terrible management. Zero support, zero employee validation.

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Key Stats for Photographer

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 381 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Experience Affects Photographer Salaries

▲25%

▲15%

▲1%

National Average
$40,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Photographer Salaries

Apple Final Cut Pro
▲23%


▲10%


Adobe Illustrator
▲8%

photographer
▲2%


▼0%


National Average
$40,000


▼3%

lighting
▼19%

▼20%


Portrait Photography
▼29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 381 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
no benefits
None: 50%