Career Attributes

  • $72,836
  • 134,700
  • 4.1
  • 12.2%
  • Film Video And Photographic Arts
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How much does a Filmmaker make in the United States?

Average Filmmaker Yearly Salary in the United States

Filmmakers earn an average yearly salary of $72,836. Salaries typically start from $25,324 and go up to $132,262.

Average Filmmaker Hourly Wage in the United States

Filmmakers earn an average hourly wage of $35.02. Hourly wages typically start from $12.17 and go up to $63.59.

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Employment Type Mix

38%
Full-Time
62%
Part-Time

Source: CareerExplorer user data. View more Filmmaker demographics

Salary Satisfaction

2.8
SCORE
836
RATINGS
Filmmakers average a score of 2.8 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Filmmakers in the 30th percentile of salary satisfaction.

Source: CareerExplorer user data. View more Filmmaker satisfaction

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Filmmaker Earnings by Seniority

Top End Filmmaker Earnings

The highest earning Filmmakers in the United States earn:

$63.59
an hour
$132,261.9
per year
Senior Filmmaker Earnings

Senior Filmmakers in the United States earn:

$42.58
an hour
$88,563.2
per year
Experienced Filmmaker Earnings

Experienced Filmmakers in the United States earn:

$26.71
an hour
$55,557.3
per year
Junior Filmmaker Earnings

Junior Filmmakers in the United States earn:

$16.82
an hour
$34,993.4
per year
Starting Filmmaker Earnings

Starting Filmmakers in the United States earn:

$12.17
an hour
$25,323.9
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Filmmaker Salary Comparison

Filmmakers earn more than 87% percent of similar careers in the United States.

Art Director Salary $93k
Talent Director Salary $90k
Games Artist Salary $89k
Film Director Salary $85k
News Anchor Salary $84k
Filmmaker Salary $72k
Architect Salary $72k
Producer Salary $72k
Talent Agent Salary $66k
Industrial Designer Salary $66k
Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

Filmmaker salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Filmmaker Salary in United States $35.02 $72,836.2 # 1
Filmmaker Salary in California $24.37 $50,687.3 # 2
Filmmaker Salary in Texas $19.70 $40,973.9 # 3
Filmmaker Salary in New York $18.76 $39,011.4 # 4

Career Attributes

  • $72,836
  • 134,700
  • 4.1
  • 12.2%
  • Film Video And Photographic Arts
More Attributes