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How much does a Filmmaker make in the United States?

Average Filmmaker Hourly Wage in the United States

Filmmakers earn a median hourly wage of $33.22.

Average Filmmaker Yearly Salary in the United States

Filmmakers earn a median salary of $69,100 per year.

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

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Filmmaker Earnings by Seniority

Senior Filmmaker Earnings

Senior Filmmakers in the United States earn:

$52.71
an hour
$109,640
per year
Experienced Filmmaker Earnings

Experienced Filmmakers in the United States earn:

$33.22
an hour
$69,100
per year
Junior Filmmaker Earnings

Junior Filmmakers in the United States earn:

$21.62
an hour
$44,970
per year
Starting Filmmaker Earnings

Starting Filmmakers in the United States earn:

$15.09
an hour
$31,380
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Filmmaker salary comparison

Filmmakers earn more than 69% percent of Film & Television careers. Filmmaker salaries are in the bottom 54% of all careers in the United States.

Filmmaker Salary $69k
Talent Agent Salary $64k
News Anchor Salary $61k
Television Writer Salary $58k
Film and Video Editor Salary $57k
Court Reporter Salary $49k
Camera Operator Salary $48k
Model Maker Salary $30k
Announcer Salary $29k
Motion Picture Projectionist Salary $20k

Historical salary for Filmmakers in the United States

Filmmaker salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Filmmaker Salary in California $44.89 $93,380 # 1
Filmmaker Salary in New York $45.73 $95,120 # 2
Filmmaker Salary in District of Columbia $41.20 $85,700 # 3
Filmmaker Salary in New Jersey $31.63 $65,780 # 4
Filmmaker Salary in Illinois $31.74 $66,010 # 5
Filmmaker Salary in Pennsylvania $29.56 $61,490 # 6
Filmmaker Salary in Louisiana $27.93 $58,100 # 7
Filmmaker Salary in Florida $30.67 $63,790 # 8
Filmmaker Salary in Oregon $26.34 $54,780 # 9
Filmmaker Salary in Virginia $28.84 $59,980 # 10
Filmmaker Salary in Maryland $31.18 $64,850 # 11
Filmmaker Salary in Delaware $29.74 $61,860 # 12
Filmmaker Salary in Michigan $28.91 $60,140 # 13
Filmmaker Salary in Massachusetts $29.18 $60,690 # 14
Filmmaker Salary in New Hampshire $25.48 $52,990 # 15
Filmmaker Salary in North Dakota $27.08 $56,320 # 16
Filmmaker Salary in Washington $28.21 $58,670 # 17
Filmmaker Salary in Minnesota $31.56 $65,650 # 18
Filmmaker Salary in Nevada $30.96 $64,390 # 19
Filmmaker Salary in New Mexico $26.61 $55,340 # 20
Filmmaker Salary in Georgia $26.90 $55,950 # 21
Filmmaker Salary in Texas $23.31 $48,480 # 22
Filmmaker Salary in Missouri $23.04 $47,920 # 23
Filmmaker Salary in Rhode Island $27.15 $56,480 # 24
Filmmaker Salary in Hawaii $25.72 $53,500 # 25
Filmmaker Salary in Colorado $24.02 $49,970 # 26
Filmmaker Salary in Tennessee $21.33 $44,360 # 27
Filmmaker Salary in Kansas $22.73 $47,280 # 28
Filmmaker Salary in Indiana $23.49 $48,850 # 29
Filmmaker Salary in North Carolina $22.71 $47,230 # 30
Filmmaker Salary in Ohio $24.42 $50,800 # 31
Filmmaker Salary in Utah $22.66 $47,130 # 32
Filmmaker Salary in Wisconsin $21.85 $45,440 # 33
Filmmaker Salary in South Dakota $24.59 $51,160 # 34
Filmmaker Salary in Vermont $20.87 $43,400 # 35
Filmmaker Salary in West Virginia $23.60 $49,090 # 36
Filmmaker Salary in Wyoming $21.56 $44,840 # 37
Filmmaker Salary in Alaska $22.97 $47,780 # 38
Filmmaker Salary in Arizona $21.97 $45,700 # 39
Filmmaker Salary in Arkansas $22.18 $46,140 # 40
Filmmaker Salary in Alabama $21.56 $44,850 # 41
Filmmaker Salary in South Carolina $19.54 $40,640 # 42
Filmmaker Salary in Montana $21.06 $43,810 # 43
Filmmaker Salary in Iowa $19.81 $41,210 # 44
Filmmaker Salary in Idaho $21.64 $45,020 # 45
Filmmaker Salary in Kentucky $20.63 $42,920 # 46
Filmmaker Salary in Mississippi $18.74 $38,990 # 47
Filmmaker Salary in Oklahoma $18.19 $37,830 # 48
Filmmaker Salary in Nebraska $19.84 $41,260 # 49
Filmmaker Salary in Maine $19.20 $39,930 # 50
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

How to Become a Filmmaker

Interested in becoming a filmmaker? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good filmmaker? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

    Take the free career test
  2. Get the Education

    A film video and photographic arts degree is preferred.

  3. Get Hired

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    View all jobs →

    Would you like to post jobs on this career? Find the best candidates using Sokanu's new psychometric job platform. Visit employers.sokanu.com today.