Cinematographer Salary

Median pay for Cinematographers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $50K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Cinematographers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While some workers in this profession — more than two-fifths — do not have any health coverage, over one-half do receive medical benefits and more than a third have dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,663 - $102,702
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$50K
$100K
MEDIAN: $50,255
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$9.66 - $100.22
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MEDIAN: $29.41
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$25,663 - $102,702  
   
Bonus
$983  
Total Pay (?
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$22,369 - $123,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$9.66 - $100.22  
   
Overtime
$19.27 - $257.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$983  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$22,369 - $123,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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Job Description for Cinematographer

When filming scenes for movies, television, or instructional or educational videos, a cinematographer fills a key role. He or she acts as the eyes of the director, typically working with that person to figure out what the vision of the film should be. The cinematographer then brings this vision into being by choosing the different ways and techniques the filmed or video project will be shot.

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Pay by Experience Level for Cinematographer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Cinematographers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Cinematographers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $47K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $52K. Cinematographers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $68K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $75K.

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Key Stats for Cinematographer

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Cinematographer Salaries

Late-Career
▲36%

Experienced
▲23%

National Average
$55,000

Mid-Career
▼5%

Entry-Level
▼14%

Skills That Affect Cinematographer Salaries

National Average
$55,000


lighting
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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