Cinematographer Salary (United States)

A Cinematographer earns an average salary of $48,782 per year.
Cinematographer Salary (?
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$31,006 - $107,235
(Median)
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110K
MEDIAN: $48,782
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Cinematographer Salary (?
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$20.67 - $86.81
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $48.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$31,006 - $107,235  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,899  
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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$35,190 - $156,000  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$20.67 - $86.81  
   
Overtime
$1.64 - $98.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,899  
   
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).
)
$35,190 - $156,000  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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Experience Affects Cinematographer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 51%
Late-Career
up arrow 51%
Mid-Career
up arrow 4%
National Average
$64,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
7%
female alumni
 
Male
93%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 58%
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