The average salary for a Cinematographer is $53,747.
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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. Cinematographers will typically have to process a great deal of information. Depending on the type of pr…Read more
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Popular Skills for Cinematographer
Adobe After Effects
Skills in Commercial, Product Photography and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe After Effects and Video Editing.
Pay by Experience Level for Cinematographer
An entry-level Cinematographer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $39,174 based on 7 salaries. An early career Cinematographer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $46,478 based on 77 salaries. A mid-career Cinematographer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $60,429 based on 54 salaries. An experienced Cinematographer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 37 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $75,600.
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Employees with Cinematographer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 39.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (22.2% more) and Los Angeles, California (20.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (39.5% less), Kansas City, Missouri (23.3% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (10.6% less).
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