Hong Kong vs Australian Comparison Table Photography Pricing
|Type of Shoot
||2 hour Shoot
|Studio Portraits Package
||2 Hours approx 100 images
|Studio Portraits Package
||3 Hours approx 100 images
|Location & Studio
||3+3 hours 300 images
|Print and Frame Packages
||Canvas, acrylic, metal
|Image Retouching Packages
||8 images approx
||3 hours Photography
|Photo Booth Package
||Instant Printing 3 hours, 500 glossy
How much do photographers in Melbourne Victoria Charge?
Event photographers in Melbourne charge on average $250-$350 per hour. Melbourne wedding photography is similar to other major Australian cities at $1100 and $4400 per package.
Approximate Melbourne photographer costs by hours for basic photography coverage.
- 1 hour photoshoot, $350
- 2 hour photoshoot $440
- 3 hour photoshoot $550
- 4 hour photoshoot $770
- 5 hour photoshoot $880
- 6 hour photoshoot $1,100
- 8 hour photoshoot $1,330
- 10 hour photoshoot $1,660
Plus taxes and travel and some may have photo limits and extra charges.
How Much Do Photographers Get Paid?
Photographers get paid depending on years of experience, branding, network and some luck.
For beginner Australian photographers starting their journey, one question they may face is. Do I look for a salary photography job? Or do I start marketing myself and become freelance?
According to the research by Pay Scales, beginner photographers can expect to be paid around 30% above Australia’s minimum wage. Which in October 2019 is $38, 521.60 pre tax. With average photographer salary of AU$54,903.
Below is from data sourced from Pay Scales.
Photographer salaries from 1 to 20 years experience
- 1 year experience or less AU$50,000
- 1-4 years experience AU$51,816
- 5-9 years of experience AU$55,604
- 10-19 years of experience earns AU$60,966
- 20 years or more AU$62,857
Across Australia photography salaries vary;
- Sydney +5%
- Melbourne +3%
- Perth 0%
- Adelaide 0%
- Brisbane -4%
- Gold Coast -9%
- Newcastle -34%
Again according to the data Of note, the data sample size varies quite a bit, the lower years of experience, the sample sizes are pretty small. 1 year experience sample size is 14. Where as a photographer with between 10 and 19 years experience, the sample size is 88.
Would these salaries sway you to work for someone else or yourself? Is the attraction to run your own side hustle and charge as a freelancer instead of working on a fixed salary too much of an attraction for you? On salary you’d also be paying tax with less deductions, so check out the ATO tax calculator for that. And before you dive in too deep in either salary or freelancing talk to a professional on the subject.
For newer or beginner photographers looking to start charging and growing their paid customer base and need information on how to actually price up their photography. This photography pricing calculator might help https://www.themoderntog.com/photographers-pricing-guide-business-projections-and-calculations/
The above commentary from Pay Scales data expressed below in 2 Charts. One, the Australian photographer salaries From 1 to 20 years experience. And the other a chart on the average Photographer salary in Australia by a few locations.
Chart – Australian Photographer Salaries From 1 to 20 Years Experience
Chart – Average Photographer Salary in Australia by Location
What does the above charts and data tell you?
Another data survey by Seek says pretty much the same thing as far as income is concerned. https://www.seek.com.au/career-guide/role/photographer. The salaries are fairly consistent between Pay Scales and Seek. Seek has a data sample of 83 live jobs at the time of the research.
It can be a little daunting when you’re starting out and trying to work out rates that are both competitive and commensurable with your level of skill. So hopefully this section of the article helps.
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