“Commercial Modeling Salary is Not as High but Competition Might Be Lower”

If you’ve ever been to a high fashion go see you know that the odds are against you. Am I saying forget having a model career and go home? Of course not! But, if you really want to get into the field, the commercial modeling salary is not chump change, and it’s a bit easier to get started.

If this is confusing to you, don’t worry. Many girls ask; “What is commercial print modeling?” and I dedicated a complete page to explaining it. So, let’s look at commercial vs high fashion modeling and see where it leads.

Commercial Vs High Fashion Modeling

Commercial modeling salary

Copyright Bob Pardue

The first story is from The Gourmet Model and it says;

The truth is that only 5% of models (if even) will attain that dream while another 15% will make a decent to average salary, and the last 80% will need to support themselves working another job.

While high fashion modeling is in fact more glamorous, something positive can be said about commercial modeling; there seems to be a higher success rate and pay if you fall into that category.

Some girls can do both if they have the height and a pretty face, but many girls can only dabble into one type of modeling. ”  read more ..

Why Do Commercial Models Make More – On Average?

The next comments are from an article on The Society Pages and show why commercial modeling might be the best bet for new models. Let’s see what they give;

“Mears (whose forthcoming book, Pricing Beauty: Value in the Fashion Modeling World I eagerly await) points out that while models earn more prestige doing editorial work, they generally earn significantly more money if they can get commercial jobs (though, since the two types of modeling require different looks, models have little control over which type of modeling they’ll be considered for).” read more ..

Actual Salaries?

Model Quallity gives a rundown on salaries for commercial models and I believe you’ll find it useful, especially on the local scene. She writes:

“Wages for models vary. Many work through free-lancers or agencies, and so the exact salaries are unknown.

Artists’ models tend to make about $10 to $12 an hour in art classes and $12 to $15 an hour for high fashion as well as nude modeling in painting and drawing courses.

Models who are professional photographic models may make between $150 and $250 each day, and those at the top of the modeling industry may make $500,000 a year or more.

The career of a photographic model often doesn’t last long, as they usually work in this field for around six to eight years. When working through an agency, fashion models who are steadily employed may make between $30,000 and $60,000 a year.”

And, in an article on pay for models from Ehow we see a better picture of how to make money as a commercial model. Here is the Commercial modeling salary example;

“Shoots may be in studio or on location. Rates are typically in the range of $75 to $150 per hour or $400 to $950 per day, in a small- to medium-size market such as Tampa Bay, but may be higher, depending on the client and the project.

Commercial print modeling in the San Francisco area may pay as much as $250 per hour.” read more ..

Judging by these stories the commercial modeling salary is not as high but the competition might be lower and working is almost always better than not, right?

So, you can see why getting jobs in the commercial model industry can be very lucrative, can’t you? Don’t just give up because you are not runway ready. Take a deep breath, think about earning a commercial modeling salary working locally or through travel. You might find you love this type of modeling work and who knows where it could lead!

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