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Photographer Average Salary in Austria 2020

How much money does a Photographer make in Austria?

Average Monthly Salary
2,720 EUR
( 32,600 EUR yearly)


A person working as a Photographer in Austria typically earns around 2,720 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,470 EUR (lowest) to 4,110 EUR (highest).

This is the average monthly 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 Austria

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Photographer salaries in Austria range from 1,470 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 4,110 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 2,500 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Photographer(s) are earning less than 2,500 EUR while the other half are earning more than 2,500 EUR. 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 1,790 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 1,790 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Photographer(s) are earning less than 3,040 EUR while 25% are earning more than 3,040 EUR.

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?

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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 1,710 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,160 EUR per month, 26% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 2,840 EUR per month, 32% 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 3,340 EUR per month, 18% 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 3,700 EUR per month, 11% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 3,940 EUR per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Photographer average salary change by experience in Austria

0 - 2 Years
1,710 EUR
2 - 5 Years+26%
2,160 EUR
5 - 10 Years+32%
2,840 EUR
10 - 15 Years+18%
3,340 EUR
15 - 20 Years+11%
3,700 EUR
20+ Years+6%
3,940 EUR
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 2,080 EUR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 2,340 EUR per month, 13% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 3,080 EUR per month, 32% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 3,820 EUR per month, 24% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Photographer average salary difference by education level in Austria

High School
2,080 EUR
Certificate or Diploma+13%
2,340 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+32%
3,080 EUR
Master's Degree+24%
3,820 EUR
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 Austria costs anywhere from 19,100 Euro(s) to 57,300 Euro(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 monthly Austria 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 Austria earn 4% more than their female counterparts.

2,660 EUR
2,780 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Austria for all Careers

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Photographer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Austria

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


Photographer(s) in Austria are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 29 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 5% granted to employees every 28 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Austria Photographer
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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.

Austria / 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 Austria is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Austria 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 Austria

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Austria 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.

92% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 8% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 2% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

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.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

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

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Photographer employees in Austria earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
3,670 EUR
Public Sector+7%
3,930 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Photographer Salary Trend and Forecast in Austria

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

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Average Salary 2016
2,500 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
2,590 EUR
Average Salary 2018+1%
2,630 EUR
Average Salary 2019+2%
2,670 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Photographer salaries in Austria are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% 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 Austria

16 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Austria is 16 EUR. This means that the average Photographer in Austria earns approximately 16 EUR 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 monthly Austria
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The average salary for Photographer is 19% 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 Executive4,090 EUR+50%
Advertising Account Manager3,020 EUR+11%
Advertising Account Planner3,030 EUR+11%
Advertising Coordinator3,490 EUR+28%
Advertising Manager4,710 EUR+73%
Advertising Operations Manager4,430 EUR+63%
Advertising Strategic Planner3,500 EUR+29%
Advertising Team Leader3,350 EUR+23%
Animator2,690 EUR-1%
Art Director3,940 EUR+45%
Artist3,340 EUR+23%
Artworker2,530 EUR-7%
Assistant Art Director2,970 EUR+9%
Audiosual Technician2,810 EUR+3%
Broadcast Administrator3,980 EUR+46%
Catering Sales2,790 EUR+3%
Catering Trainer4,000 EUR+47%
Commercial and Industrial Designer3,060 EUR+12%
Conference Organiser2,920 EUR+7%
Content and Media Production Lead3,390 EUR+25%
CopyWriter3,040 EUR+12%
Creative Designer3,930 EUR+44%
Creative Director4,090 EUR+50%
Designer 2,080 EUR-24%
Desktop Publisher2,590 EUR-5%
Director of Graphic Design3,890 EUR+43%
Events and Promotions Manager4,130 EUR+52%
Exhibit Display Coordinator3,050 EUR+12%
Exhibit Display Manager3,630 EUR+33%
Finisher2,470 EUR-9%
Graphic Artist3,680 EUR+35%
Graphic Designer2,700 EUR-1%
Graphics Design Supervisor3,360 EUR+23%
Imagery Analyst2,810 EUR+3%
Imaging Technologist2,840 EUR+4%
Interaction Designer2,600 EUR-4%
Media Planner3,430 EUR+26%
Media Production Coordinator3,040 EUR+12%
Media Production Manager3,330 EUR+22%
Media Project Manager3,320 EUR+22%
Media Relations Representative3,930 EUR+44%
Media Sales Executive4,340 EUR+60%
Multimedia Specialist2,890 EUR+6%
Photographer2,720 EUR-0%
PPC Campaign Manager3,890 EUR+43%
Print Production Manager3,980 EUR+46%
Product and Brand Manager4,500 EUR+65%
Sales Promotion Manager4,450 EUR+64%
Sketch Artist2,870 EUR+5%
Social Media Executive4,400 EUR+62%
Technical Typist3,050 EUR+12%
User Experience UX Designer3,120 EUR+15%
UX Designer2,750 EUR+1%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Dornbirn2,520 EUR
Graz2,820 EUR
Innsbruck2,580 EUR
Klagenfurt2,680 EUR
Linz2,650 EUR
Salzburg2,750 EUR
St. Polten2,440 EUR
Vienna3,000 EUR
Villach2,510 EUR
Wels2,600 EUR
Wiener Neustadt2,360 EUR
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