Photography Director Salary

Median pay for Photography Directors in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $68K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Photography Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While approximately one-third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and slightly more than half have dental, as well. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$37,727 - $114,128
$38K
$67K
$110K
MEDIAN: $67,152
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$13.50 - $50.57
$14
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$51
MEDIAN: $21.49
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$0$115K
Salary $37,727 - $114,128
Bonus $498.33 - $14,544
Profit Sharing $7,500
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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$38,499 - $115,451
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 73
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $13.50 - $50.57
Hourly Tips $10.00
Overtime $25.50
Annual Data $0$115K
Bonus $498.33 - $14,544
Profit Sharing $7,500
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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$38,499 - $115,451
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 14

Job Description for Photography Director

Photography directors usually work on the set of a film or television show and are in charge of the production's cinematography and visual style. They often work with the producer and head director to develop ideas regarding this visual style, and they themselves often hire and manage several crew members who are in charge of the cameras and lighting.

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Photography Director Tasks

  • Photograph people, events, and items according client specifications.
  • Evaluate, manipulate, and publish photos using computer software.
  • Apply best practices for use of light, framing, and composition.

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Pay by Experience Level for Photography Director

Pay by Experience for a Photography Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Photography Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 21 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Photography Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 25 salaries. An experienced Photography Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $89,000 based on 30 salaries. A Photography Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 15 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,389

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Photography Directors, 61 percent higher than the national average. Photography Directors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+26 percent).

Photography Director Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Photography Director?

Photography Director in Bronx:
Learn or you can work hard and be nice to everybody.

Photography Director in Rahway:
"Great company."
Pros: Flexibility and personal, no corporate vibe.
Cons: Hours can be strenuous. That's about it.

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Key Stats for Photography Director

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
22%

Experience Affects Photography Director Salaries

▲36%

▲34%

▲9%

National Average
$65,000

Entry-Level
▼34%

Skills That Affect Photography Director Salaries

National Average
$65,000



People Management
▼20%

Video Editing
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 32%