Movie critics bring home an average salary of $82,000 per year as of 2013, according to Indeed.com. Salary can vary greatly by region, with California and New York being the highest-paying states.
Salaries for movie critics also vary greatly based on level of experience. More experienced critics writing for larger publications typically command higher salaries, as more prestigious newspapers, magazines and websites often have larger budgets to allocate to film reviews.
While most movie critic jobs require degrees in fields like journalism, English and communications, independent critics with significant experience may be able to break into the field without a degree. As more films are produced, demand for film critics is expected to grow.