Cinematographer earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

How do cinematographer salaries compare to similar careers?

Cinematographers earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than film directors but more than gaffers.

Career Median Salary
Film director salary $72K
Multimedia animator salary $73K
Television writer salary $62K
Industrial designer salary $67K
Film and video editor salary $60K
Cinematographer salary $40K
Exhibit designer salary $54K
Sports broadcaster salary $40K
Camera operator salary $50K
Gaffer salary $36K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)