Cinematographer Salary

An average Cinematographer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $49K annually. Compensation ranges from $29K on the lower end to $177K per year on the higher end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to two in five, and just under a third earn dental coverage. The majority of Cinematographers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,299 - $115,788
(Median)
$29K
$49K
$120K
MEDIAN: $49,232
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$11.15 - $98.81
(Median)
$11
$41
$99
MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$29,299 - $115,788  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,933  
Profit Sharing
$400.00  
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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$29,361 - $177,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 71
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$11.15 - $98.81  
   
Overtime
$23.06 - $139.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,933  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00  
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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$29,361 - $177,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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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. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $52K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $63K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $91K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $108K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Cinematographer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 74%

Experienced
up arrow 46%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$62,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 40%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
medical benefits
Vision: 18%
dental benefits
None: 58%
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