Average Salary For Photographers In South Africa

A photographer is a person who makes photographs.


Below are salaries earned by a Photographer Earn In South Africa

A person working as a Photographer in South Africa typically earns around 25,100 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 13,000 ZAR (lowest) to 38,400 ZAR (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 South Africa

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

Salary Range

Photographer salaries in South Africa range from 13,000 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 38,400 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

Median Salary

The median salary is 24,100 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as photographers (s) are earning less than 24,100 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 24,100 ZAR. 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.


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 16,700 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 16,700 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Photographer(s) are earning less than 30,000 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 30,000 ZAR.

Photographer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How do experience and age affect your pay?

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 14,800 ZAR per month.

While someone with an experience level of between two and five years is expected to earn 19,900 ZAR per month, 34% more than someone with less than two years of experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 25,800 ZAR per month, 30% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

Additionally, Photographer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 31,300 ZAR per month, 21% 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 34,200 ZAR per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 36,000 ZAR per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Photographers average salary changes my experience in South Africa

0 – 2 Years14,800 ZAR
2 – 5 Years+34%19,900 ZAR
5 – 10 Years+30%25,800 ZAR
10 – 15 Years+21%31,300 ZAR
15 – 20 Years+9%34,200 ZAR
20+ Years+5%36,000 ZAR

Photographer Salary Comparison By Education

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 17,600 ZAR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 25,200 ZAR per month, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor’s Degree gets its holder an average salary of 34,800 ZAR per month, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Photographers’ average salary difference by education level in South Africa

High School17,600 ZAR
Certificate or Diploma+43%25,200 ZAR
Bachelor’s Degree+38%34,800 ZAR

Photographer Salary Comparison By Gender

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 South Africa earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male26,200 ZAR
Female-7%24,300 ZAR

Photographer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in South Africa

How much are annual salary increments in South Africa for Photographer(s)?

How often do employees get salary raises?


Photographer(s) in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 20 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

Photographer Bonus and Incentive Rates in South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?

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.

73% of surveyed staff reported that they haven’t received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 27% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus

No Bonus

Photographer Average Hourly Wage in South Africa

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa is 140 ZAR. This means that the average Photographer in South Africa earns approximately 140 ZAR for every worked hour.

How much a photographer earns in South Africa?

The average pay for a Photographer is ZAR 232,930 a year and ZAR 112 an hour in South Africa. The average salary range for a Photographer is between ZAR 171,605 and ZAR 287,522. On average, a High School Degree is the highest level of education for a Photographer.

How much does a photoshoot cost in South Africa?

For us, our photographers go for about R500/hour to R1,250/hour though we average at about R850/hour. This makes it easier for everyone involved and the fact that we get so much traffic to the website and therefore business means we can afford to keep the rate that low.

How much does a cameraman make in South Africa?

R237,534 (ZAR)/yr.

How much does a wedding photographer cost in South Africa?

One of the common questions people often ask me is this, “What does a wedding photographer cost?” You can expect to pay anything from around R1 000 to R30 000+ for a wedding photographer in South Africa.

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