Forums > Model Colloquy > Model average salary per month

Photographer

Andre de pham

Posts: 2

Hồ Chí Minh City, Pomorskie, Vietnam

Hey guys,

Just wanna know the average salary of male or female model per month? Pls give me some ideas. Thanks

Oct 13 12 10:19 am Link

Photographer

Tony Lawrence

Posts: 19225

Chicago, Illinois, US

Andre de pham  wrote:
Hey guys,

Just wanna know the average salary of male or female model per month? Pls give me some ideas. Thanks

In the USA a agency signed model according the the DOL makes less then $20.00 per hour and has a average income of $40.000 a year.   http://www.ehow.com/about_7404441_avera … model.html   Location is the key with a NY model who might average $60,00 to $100,00 vs. a model in a smaller market.

Oct 13 12 10:30 am Link

Photographer

Andre de pham

Posts: 2

Hồ Chí Minh City, Pomorskie, Vietnam

Thank you very much, Tony;)

Any ideas about Asia markets such Singapore, Hong Kong, China...?

Oct 13 12 10:44 am Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11892

Olivet, Michigan, US

Andre de pham  wrote:
Hey guys,

Just wanna know the average salary of male or female model per month? Pls give me some ideas. Thanks

Very few models, male or female, are on salary.  Some make millions (not very many) some make nothing (probably the majority) but agency or freelance, it's generally job by job.

Oct 13 12 02:35 pm Link

Photographer

AJ_In_Atlanta

Posts: 12827

Atlanta, Georgia, US

The average income is going to differ a lot based on their day job wink

Oct 13 12 02:45 pm Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11892

Olivet, Michigan, US

AJScalzitti wrote:
The average income is going to differ a lot based on their day job wink

I remember one model who billed $150/hr; in her day job.  Some sort of high end network management.

Oct 13 12 02:47 pm Link

Model

orias

Posts: 5037

Tampa, Florida, US

AJScalzitti wrote:
The average income is going to differ a lot based on their day job wink

lol true in about 90% of the cases of girls who claim to be full time models ;P

also i count having wealthy parents or a sugardaddy paying for expenses to be some girls full time job and they model on the side  for shoe money smile

Oct 13 12 04:56 pm Link

Model

Kelleth

Posts: 2528

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

It differs so greatly from model to model based on so many factors: age, location, look, skill, attitude, etc. Your average model is living very modestly (based on the majority of models I've met in various markets).

Oct 13 12 05:56 pm Link

Model

Jules NYC

Posts: 16229

New York, New York, US

orias wrote:

lol true in about 90% of the cases of girls who claim to be full time models ;P

also i count having wealthy parents or a sugardaddy paying for expenses to be some girls full time job and they model on the side  for shoe money smile

That's good tongue

If one can pay their rent/bills by modeling alone, it IS their full-time gig.

Oct 13 12 07:19 pm Link

Wardrobe Stylist

The Trousseau

Posts: 470

Alameda, California, US

orias wrote:
also i count having wealthy parents or a sugardaddy paying for expenses to be some girls full time job and they model on the side  for shoe money smile

No self respecting sugardaddy would let a girl pay for her own shoes!

Oct 13 12 07:26 pm Link

Model

Lanna_

Posts: 829

Seattle, Washington, US

As everyone has said, it differs from market, type of modeling, if they have a day job that brings in other income, etc.

Currently I model full time in Seattle with regular trips to Portland.  I'm primarily commercial/print with some promotional work when things are slow.  No nudes.  So far this month I have booked $3k of work.  If only it didn't all go to student loans...sigh.

Aside from paid work I do a very small handful of TF shoots each month - either  personal projects with friends or book updates.

Most of my work is via agency or via other avenues I've networked.  MM is not a significant source of income for me (probably because I don't do nudes and my standard half day/full day rates are a bit steep for people not shooting commercially).  MM can be relatively useful for finding people to test with though. 

Being with an agency isn't necessarily the golden ticket.  I know agency exclusive models who make $0 a month.  I know MM models who make make a living from it. 

Modeling is not the job for a reliable paycheck.  You likely won't know what will happen from month to month.  Sometimes you're the dog, sometimes you're the fire hydrant.  Like anything it's all a bit of luck and using the skills you have to the best of your ability.

Oct 13 12 07:30 pm Link

Model

Isis22

Posts: 2567

Muncie, Indiana, US

The Trousseau wrote:

No self respecting sugardaddy would let a girl pay for her own shoes!

+1!

Oct 13 12 07:33 pm Link

Model

Jules NYC

Posts: 16229

New York, New York, US

The Trousseau wrote:

No self respecting sugardaddy would let a girl pay for her own shoes!

lol

Oct 13 12 07:44 pm Link

Photographer

Quang Dang

Posts: 2955

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lanna_ wrote:
As everyone has said, it differs from market, type of modeling, if they have a day job that brings in other income, etc.

Currently I model full time in Seattle with regular trips to Portland.  I'm primarily commercial/print with some promotional work when things are slow.  No nudes.  So far this month I have booked $3k of work.  If only it didn't all go to student loans...sigh.

Aside from paid work I do a very small handful of TF shoots each month - either  personal projects with friends or book updates.

Most of my work is via agency or via other avenues I've networked.  MM is not a significant source of income for me (probably because I don't do nudes and my standard half day/full day rates are a bit steep for people not shooting commercially).  MM can be relatively useful for finding people to test with though. 

Being with an agency isn't necessarily the golden ticket.  I know agency exclusive models who make $0 a month.  I know MM models who make make a living from it. 

Modeling is not the job for a reliable paycheck.  You likely won't know what will happen from month to month.  Sometimes you're the dog, sometimes you're the fire hydrant.  Like anything it's all a bit of luck and using the skills you have to the best of your ability.

+1

I saw many models come and go in agencies which quite normal, some doesn't have the look and what it takes. But they keep doing and knocking at doors. Some starting to get old and competing with 15-16 years old it's not that easy, chances are slim. It's fine to have a dream but sometimes you have to be realistic, get a degree, get a reliable job that paid instead and do this in sideway...

Oct 13 12 09:00 pm Link

Model

Jordan Bunniie

Posts: 1693

Los Angeles, California, US

The Trousseau wrote:

No self respecting sugardaddy would let a girl pay for her own shoes!

lol +1

Oct 13 12 10:02 pm Link

Photographer

GeorgeMann

Posts: 1148

Orange, California, US

Most of the models I know are extremely smart, and aren't likely to post their income on a public forum.
Much better to stay poor as churchmice publicly.

Oct 14 12 11:56 am Link

Model

V Laroche

Posts: 2746

New Orleans, Louisiana, US

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Oct 14 12 07:25 pm Link

Model

Chris P Lee

Posts: 29

Nashville, Tennessee, US

Lanna_ wrote:
As everyone has said, it differs from market, type of modeling, if they have a day job that brings in other income, etc.

Currently I model full time in Seattle with regular trips to Portland.  I'm primarily commercial/print with some promotional work when things are slow.  No nudes.  So far this month I have booked $3k of work.  If only it didn't all go to student loans...sigh.

Aside from paid work I do a very small handful of TF shoots each month - either  personal projects with friends or book updates.

Most of my work is via agency or via other avenues I've networked.  MM is not a significant source of income for me (probably because I don't do nudes and my standard half day/full day rates are a bit steep for people not shooting commercially).  MM can be relatively useful for finding people to test with though. 

Being with an agency isn't necessarily the golden ticket.  I know agency exclusive models who make $0 a month.  I know MM models who make make a living from it. 

Modeling is not the job for a reliable paycheck.  You likely won't know what will happen from month to month.  Sometimes you're the dog, sometimes you're the fire hydrant.  Like anything it's all a bit of luck and using the skills you have to the best of your ability.

I definitely agree. I too, am a model in Seattle. It all depends on what you're booked. The looks of the industry change all the time, so if you book a bunch this season, you may not next season. Be sure to keep your cool. I know my agency doesn't book me unless they haggle a certain price, which often allows me to make over $1000 per day. However, I'm new to modeling and haven't booked much, or with big clients.

Oct 14 12 09:13 pm Link

Photographer

1001001

Posts: 31

ADAK, Alaska, US

Really your question should have been "What is the average salary of full-time models that make a living from modeling?"

If you take ALL "models" (like most on MM) into consideration, the average wage is close to $0 per hour.

Oct 15 12 01:07 pm Link