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 $78,835. Salaries typically start from $26,780 and go up to $158,268.

Average Filmmaker Hourly Wage in the United States

Filmmakers earn an average hourly wage of $37.90. Hourly wages typically start from $12.87 and go up to $76.09.

Source: Sokanu (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

39%
Full-Time
61%
Part-Time

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Salary Satisfaction

2.9
SCORE
635
RATINGS
Filmmakers average a score of 2.9 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Filmmakers in the 34th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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Filmmaker Earnings by Seniority

Top End Filmmaker Earnings

The highest earning Filmmakers in the United States earn:

$76.09
an hour
$158,268.0
per year
Senior Filmmaker Earnings

Senior Filmmakers in the United States earn:

$45.85
an hour
$95,377.8
per year
Experienced Filmmaker Earnings

Experienced Filmmakers in the United States earn:

$28.34
an hour
$58,949.3
per year
Junior Filmmaker Earnings

Junior Filmmakers in the United States earn:

$17.67
an hour
$36,750.0
per year
Starting Filmmaker Earnings

Starting Filmmakers in the United States earn:

$12.87
an hour
$26,779.8
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Filmmaker Salary Comparison

Filmmakers earn more than 88% percent of similar careers in the United States.

Naval Architect Salary $99k
Talent Director Salary $93k
Art Director Salary $91k
Film Director Salary $89k
Games Artist Salary $87k
Filmmaker Salary $78k
News Anchor Salary $76k
Producer Salary $75k
Architect Salary $73k
Multimedia Animator Salary $70k
Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

Filmmaker salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Filmmaker Salary in California $56.58 $117,682.7 # 1
Filmmaker Salary in New York $53.96 $112,230.6 # 2
Filmmaker Salary in New Jersey $40.82 $84,900 # 3
Filmmaker Salary in District of Columbia $40.07 $83,350 # 4
Filmmaker Salary in Pennsylvania $39.77 $82,720 # 5
Filmmaker Salary in Illinois $38.57 $80,230 # 6
Filmmaker Salary in Maryland $38.25 $79,550 # 7
Filmmaker Salary in United States $37.90 $78,835.4 # 8
Filmmaker Salary in Georgia $36.58 $76,080 # 9
Filmmaker Salary in Florida $36.16 $75,220 # 10
Filmmaker Salary in Massachusetts $36.14 $75,180 # 11
Filmmaker Salary in New Mexico $35.12 $73,050 # 12
Filmmaker Salary in Nevada $34.27 $71,290 # 13
Filmmaker Salary in Washington $33.43 $69,540 # 14
Filmmaker Salary in Virginia $33.39 $69,460 # 15
Filmmaker Salary in Connecticut $32.75 $68,130 # 16
Filmmaker Salary in Texas $32.65 $67,920 # 17
Filmmaker Salary in Minnesota $32.03 $66,630 # 18
Filmmaker Salary in North Carolina $31.26 $65,020 # 19
Filmmaker Salary in Rhode Island $31.22 $64,930 # 20
Filmmaker Salary in Colorado $31.21 $64,910 # 21
Filmmaker Salary in Louisiana $31.13 $64,760 # 22
Filmmaker Salary in Michigan $31.01 $64,510 # 23
Filmmaker Salary in Oregon $30.73 $63,910 # 24
Filmmaker Salary in Alaska $30.71 $63,880 # 25
Filmmaker Salary in Utah $30.24 $62,900 # 26
Filmmaker Salary in Missouri $30.22 $62,860 # 27
Filmmaker Salary in Tennessee $29.16 $60,660 # 28
Filmmaker Salary in New Hampshire $29.15 $60,640 # 29
Filmmaker Salary in Delaware $29.12 $60,570 # 30
Filmmaker Salary in South Dakota $28.98 $60,270 # 31
Filmmaker Salary in Indiana $28.09 $58,430 # 32
Filmmaker Salary in Vermont $27.97 $58,170 # 33
Filmmaker Salary in Ohio $26.99 $56,140 # 34
Filmmaker Salary in Arizona $26.91 $55,970 # 35
Filmmaker Salary in Montana $26.61 $55,340 # 36
Filmmaker Salary in South Carolina $26.13 $54,360 # 37
Filmmaker Salary in Mississippi $25.84 $53,740 # 38
Filmmaker Salary in Wisconsin $25.58 $53,210 # 39
Filmmaker Salary in Wyoming $25.56 $53,160 # 40
Filmmaker Salary in Puerto Rico $25.24 $52,490 # 41
Filmmaker Salary in Idaho $24.88 $51,750 # 42
Filmmaker Salary in Kentucky $24.04 $50,000 # 43
Filmmaker Salary in Kansas $23.98 $49,880 # 44
Filmmaker Salary in Nebraska $23.72 $49,340 # 45
Filmmaker Salary in Alabama $23.21 $48,270 # 46
Filmmaker Salary in Arkansas $21.92 $45,590 # 47
Filmmaker Salary in Iowa $21.91 $45,570 # 48
Filmmaker Salary in Oklahoma $21.03 $43,750 # 49
Filmmaker Salary in Maine $20.47 $42,580 # 50
Filmmaker Salary in North Dakota $18.55 $38,590 # 51