How Much Can a Model Earn

Surely, you’ve heard of the thousands upon thousands of dollars that super models earn, but do you believe that? And do you believe that you have the potential to earn the same? Is that even realistic to consider? Is it possible?

Let’s find out…

A person modeling for a catalog can earn anywhere from a hundred dollars an hour to fifteen hundred dollars a day. This is of course depending upon your experience and status in the modeling industry. A super model for example, could earn much more than this, while a beginning model may earn quite a bit less.

But a person modeling for an advertising agency can earn anywhere from two hundred and fifty dollars an hour to ten thousand dollars a day. Now we’re talking! But we’ve also learned something here… The medium for which you model influences your earnings and that doesn’t even count overtime payments.


How about bonuses? Yes, models earn bonuses just like anyone else in any other type of job. As a model, you could earn a bonus based on several things. A few of those things include your willingness to travel and model in a different country. Maybe you’re willing to pose for a different kind of magazine, or you’re willing to work unusual hours or in extreme weather. These are example reasons for a bonuses – netting you anywhere from twenty five hundred dollars to fifteen thousand.


Let’s say you have an opportunity to model for a lingerie company. If you’re ready and willing, you could earn from 1.5 to two times your regular pay. Rates for nude modeling (including partial nude modeling) on the other hand are handled by your agent, who will more than likely try to get larger earnings for you.


Sometimes you might be called in to model “parts,” like your hands, feet, back, or shoulders. By eliminating the photography of your face in these types of jobs, you’re free to pursue other (maybe even higher paying) modeling jobs at the same time.

Usually, the terms in a modeling contract stipulate that a model can not pose with similar (read: competing) product if the model’s face is shown in the ad. As long as a model remains “unrecognizable,” such as in an ad that displays a models “parts” instead of a recognizable face, she or he can work outside of a signed contract.