Forums > General Industry > Difference between UK and USA rates?

Model

Polly Anther

Posts: 53

Leicester, England, United Kingdom

I remember reading on here once that in the USA, rates differ to here in the UK. For example, the hourly rates I see often for models here is around £25 per hour, which is what I usually charge, so in the USA that would translate to around $40. But the common hourly rate I usually see on here for US models seems to be a lot more than this, so can anyone help me understand the difference?

I'm just curious.

Jan 04 13 01:39 am Link

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studio36uk

Posts: 22183

Tavai, Sigave, Wallis and Futuna

Just remember asking for it and getting it are two different things altogether. Brit models can at least reasonably expect to get the rates in the range you mention.

Studio36

Jan 04 13 02:43 am Link

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rxz

Posts: 147

Glen Ellyn, Illinois, US

American model don't have health insurance.

Jan 04 13 03:06 am Link

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MesmerEyes Photography

Posts: 3102

Tyler, Texas, US

I would imagine it has more to do with supply and demand and of coarse there are the ones that list a higher price and settle for less or offer discounts to everyone sort of like stores do with "sales".

Jan 04 13 06:39 am Link

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photodorset

Posts: 845

Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom

Lots of different reasons for different rates around the World.
1) Supply and demand - If there are fewer models available then they can charge more.
2) What do rates include? Do models in the US have to travel further?
3) National pay rates. For most professions the US pay more.

It's a bit irrelevant as you would need to get a working visa to go to the US and they would need the same for the UK

Jan 04 13 06:56 am Link

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Looknsee Photography

Posts: 22299

Portland, Oregon, US

Forget US vs UK.  Rates are highly dependent upon the local supply & demand of suitable models.  Rates in NYC are different from the rates here in Portland.

No country has a standard rate (to my knowledge).

Jan 04 13 09:11 am Link

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Cherrystone

Posts: 37119

Columbus, Ohio, US

studio36uk wrote:
Just remember asking for it and getting it are two different things altogether. Brit models can at least reasonably expect to get the rates in the range you mention.

Studio36

This

Jan 04 13 09:14 am Link

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1919_images

Posts: 19

Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

Even in the UK there is a bit of a north/south divide, I regularly get quoted £35-£45 ph rates from London based models but rarely get asked for more than £25 for midlands/northern based models.

Jan 04 13 09:15 am Link

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Bravo Magic Images

Posts: 765

Temple City, California, US

For the most part from what I have seen on this site is that models tend to charge what the Norm factor holds for them. For the most part I have had amature as well as Expierancded models charging about $75.00 n hour with a min 2 hour shoot. mainly for nudes and then others charge by half day or full day for my part I think it is riducules to charge so much for an hours worth of work. if a model charged a set rate such as $20.00 for casual and about $40.00 for any style of nude work. But since the models on websites tend to think that they should get the same amount as Agency models they chsarge what they charge and foolish photographers that dont know any better will pay that amount, I will only pay models that are published or have worked for angecies or have representation.

Jan 04 13 09:31 am Link

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E H

Posts: 702

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

studio36uk wrote:
Just remember asking for it and getting it are two different things altogether. Brit models can at least reasonably expect to get the rates in the range you mention.

Studio36

+1

Jan 04 13 09:39 am Link

Model

Polly Anther

Posts: 53

Leicester, England, United Kingdom

Thanks guys, I do feel like I asked a bit of a silly question now ha! Good points smile

Jan 08 13 10:37 am Link

Photographer

Vector 38

Posts: 8296

Austin, Texas, US

Polly Anther wrote:
I remember reading on here once that in the USA, rates differ to here in the UK (...) the common hourly rate I usually see on here for US models seems to be a lot more than this, so can anyone help me understand the difference?

the calculation isn't a simple conversion of exchange rates ($ / £). as an example, consider (in either currency) the difference in price to fill your vehicle with gas/petrol.

Jan 08 13 10:49 am Link

Photographer

EdwardKristopher

Posts: 3377

Dallas, Texas, US

It's "Whatever the Market will Bear" as to what you can charge and get paid!  :-)

Jan 08 13 09:58 pm Link