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Photographer Average Salary in Australia 2020

How much money does a Photographer make in Australia?


Average Yearly Salary
61,800 AUD
( 5,150 AUD monthly)

LOW
29,000
AUD
AVERAGE
61,800
AUD
HIGH
97,600
AUD

A person working as a Photographer in Australia typically earns around 61,800 AUD per year. Salaries range from 29,000 AUD (lowest) to 97,600 AUD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Photographer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Photographer Salary Distribution in Australia

Median and salary distribution yearly Australia Photographer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Photographer salaries in Australia range from 29,000 AUD per year (minimum salary) to 97,600 AUD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 65,500 AUD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Photographer(s) are earning less than 65,500 AUD while the other half are earning more than 65,500 AUD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Photographer(s) are earning less than 42,500 AUD while 75% of them are earning more than 42,500 AUD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Photographer(s) are earning less than 86,400 AUD while 25% are earning more than 86,400 AUD.


What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Photographer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly Australia Photographer
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Photographer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Photographer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 33,500 AUD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 46,200 AUD per year, 38% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 65,700 AUD per year, 42% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Photographer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 80,100 AUD per year, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 84,600 AUD per year, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 92,100 AUD per year, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Photographer average salary change by experience in Australia

0 - 2 Years
33,500 AUD
2 - 5 Years+38%
46,200 AUD
5 - 10 Years+42%
65,700 AUD
10 - 15 Years+22%
80,100 AUD
15 - 20 Years+6%
84,600 AUD
20+ Years+9%
92,100 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Photographer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Photographer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Photographer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Photographer is 41,400 AUD per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 48,200 AUD per year, 17% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 70,200 AUD per year, 45% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 92,100 AUD per year, 31% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Photographer average salary difference by education level in Australia

High School
41,400 AUD
Certificate or Diploma+17%
48,200 AUD
Bachelor's Degree+45%
70,200 AUD
Master's Degree+31%
92,100 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Australia costs anywhere from 38,100 Australian Dollar(s) to 114,000 Australian Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.


Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Photographer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Australia Photographer
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Photographer employees in Australia earn 7% more than their female counterparts.

Female
59,800 AUD
Male+7%
63,900 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Australia for all Careers

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Photographer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Australia

How much are annual salary increments in Australia for Photographer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Photographer

Photographer(s) in Australia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Australia / All Professions

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The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Australia is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
4%
Energy
8%
Information Technology
3%
Healthcare
7%
Travel
2%
Construction
6%
Education
1%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Australia for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.


Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Photographer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Australia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Australia Photographer
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A Photographer is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

66% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 34% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
34%
No Bonus
66%

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.


What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.


Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries yearly Australia
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Photographer employees in Australia earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
89,400 AUD
Public Sector+5%
93,800 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Photographer Salary Trend and Forecast in Australia

How are Photographer salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast yearly Australia Photographer
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Average Salary 2016
54,300 AUD
Average Salary 2017+4%
56,400 AUD
Average Salary 2018+3%
58,300 AUD
Average Salary 2019+3%
60,100 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Photographer salaries in Australia are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Photographer Average Hourly Wage in Australia


30 AUD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Australia is 30 AUD. This means that the average Photographer in Australia earns approximately 30 AUD for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Photographer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Photographer and Advertising / Grapic Design / Events yearly Australia
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The average salary for Photographer is 23% less than that of Advertising / Grapic Design / Events. Also, Advertising / Grapic Design / Events salaries are 12% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Advertising Account Executive93,500 AUD+51%
Advertising Account Manager70,700 AUD+14%
Advertising Account Planner72,400 AUD+17%
Advertising Coordinator89,100 AUD+44%
Advertising Manager109,000 AUD+76%
Advertising Operations Manager99,000 AUD+60%
Advertising Strategic Planner77,800 AUD+26%
Advertising Team Leader77,900 AUD+26%
Animator62,100 AUD+1%
Art Director90,800 AUD+47%
Artist84,700 AUD+37%
Artworker60,200 AUD-3%
Assistant Art Director75,500 AUD+22%
Audiosual Technician71,100 AUD+15%
Broadcast Administrator91,000 AUD+47%
Catering Sales64,400 AUD+4%
Catering Trainer92,000 AUD+49%
Commercial and Industrial Designer72,000 AUD+17%
Conference Organiser70,000 AUD+13%
Content and Media Production Lead86,900 AUD+41%
CopyWriter69,500 AUD+13%
Creative Designer93,800 AUD+52%
Creative Director93,500 AUD+51%
Designer 50,500 AUD-18%
Desktop Publisher60,200 AUD-3%
Director of Graphic Design98,200 AUD+59%
Events and Promotions Manager104,000 AUD+68%
Exhibit Display Coordinator76,800 AUD+24%
Exhibit Display Manager91,100 AUD+48%
Finisher61,800 AUD+0%
Graphic Artist93,100 AUD+51%
Graphic Designer61,200 AUD-1%
Graphics Design Supervisor86,400 AUD+40%
Imagery Analyst65,600 AUD+6%
Imaging Technologist66,400 AUD+8%
Interaction Designer62,100 AUD+1%
Media Planner77,900 AUD+26%
Media Production Coordinator76,100 AUD+23%
Media Production Manager83,100 AUD+35%
Media Project Manager85,900 AUD+39%
Media Relations Representative103,000 AUD+67%
Media Sales Executive104,000 AUD+68%
Multimedia Specialist67,600 AUD+9%
Photographer61,800 AUD+0%
PPC Campaign Manager89,700 AUD+45%
Print Production Manager90,400 AUD+46%
Product and Brand Manager113,000 AUD+83%
Sales Promotion Manager111,000 AUD+80%
Sketch Artist71,000 AUD+15%
Social Media Executive101,000 AUD+64%
Technical Typist73,200 AUD+19%
User Experience UX Designer74,500 AUD+21%
UX Designer65,300 AUD+6%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Adelaide67,400 AUD
Brisbane69,200 AUD
Canberra-Queanbeyan62,800 AUD
Gold Coast-Tweed63,300 AUD
Gosford55,800 AUD
Melbourne66,700 AUD
Newcastle58,100 AUD
Perth65,000 AUD
Sunshine Coast60,900 AUD
Sydney71,000 AUD
Wollongong56,400 AUD
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