Cinematographers are one of the happiest careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, cinematographers rate their career happiness 4.1 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 7% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy cinematographers are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Music producer
4.3
$34k
Film director
4.3
$75k
Filmmaker
4.1
$71k
Sculptor
4.1
$30k
Cinematographer
4.1
$40k
Craft artist
4.0
$37k
Cartoonist
4.0
$30k
Television writer
4.0
$62k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are cinematographers happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do cinematographers find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as cinematographers?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are cinematographer’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are cinematographers making the best use of their abilities?

Are cinematographers happy with their salary?