Cinematographer Salary

Median pay for Cinematographers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $57K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 81 percent of Cinematographers are male. Some workers in this field — roughly two-fifths — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by over a third. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,590 - $107,623
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$51K
$110K
MEDIAN: $51,083
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$9.92 - $98.26
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$0$137K
Salary $29,590 - $107,623
Bonus $950
Profit Sharing $15,000
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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$24,497 - $137,901
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 83
Hourly Data $0$275
Hourly Rate $9.92 - $98.26
Hourly Tips $4.00
Overtime $20.00 - $275.00
Annual Data $0$137K
Bonus $950
Profit Sharing $15,000
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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$24,497 - $137,901
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 39

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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Cinematographer Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Cinematographer

Pay by Experience for a Cinematographer has a positive trend. An entry-level Cinematographer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 72 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Cinematographer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 45 salaries. An experienced Cinematographer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 26 salaries. A Cinematographer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 8 salaries.

Cinematographer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Cinematographer?

Cinematographer in Moorpark:
"Love creating and being behind the camera."
Pros: Being outdoors filming nature.
Cons: Routeen.

Cinematographer in New York:
"Networking Is Very Important."
It is important that you stay in touch with your colleagues as well as potential employers. You cannot wait for them to find you.

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Key Stats for Cinematographer

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
4%

Experience Affects Cinematographer Salaries

Late-Career
▲38%

Experienced
▲25%

National Average
$54,000

Mid-Career
▼3%

Entry-Level
▼13%

Skills That Affect Cinematographer Salaries

National Average
$54,000


lighting
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
no benefits
None: 36%