Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture Salary

A Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture earns an average salary of $45,000 per year.

$34,594 - $92,662
$35K
$48K
$93K
MEDIAN: $48,479
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$11.50 - $45.96
$11
$20
$46
MEDIAN: $20.23
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$34,594 - $92,662  
   
Total Pay (?
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$30,160 - $92,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.50 - $45.96  
   
Overtime
$30.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,160 - $92,826  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 26

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Job Description for Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture

Camera operators will typically be expected to have demonstrable competency with both traditional film and digital camera equipment. The camera operator will be expected to be able to set up basic shots and film sequences, as well as being able to understand direction offered by a director or cinematographer. The camera operator is primarily concerned with the regular operation and maintenance of the cameras he or she uses. While some operators will specialize on either the digital or film side of the equation, most operators maintain some facility with both to ensure their own versatility for upcoming jobs. In any event, camera operators must know how to set up cameras in varying conditions and lighting and obtain useful footage. They may work in television, private commercial production, or the movie industry.

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Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture Tasks

  • Operate the film or digital camera that records the television, movie, or live event.
  • Assemble, prepare, set up, and disassemble equipment before and after shooting.

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Pay by Experience Level for Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture

Pay by Experience for a Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture has a positive trend. An entry-level Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 26 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 18 salaries. An experienced Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 14 salaries. A Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 10 salaries.

Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture?

Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture in Tustin:
"Is this even work?!"
Pros: I love everything about my job. From operating the camera, to set up, and tear down.
Cons: I have one coworker who is very lazy. I love working very hard though so I don't mind that much about picking up his slack.

Key Stats for Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture Salaries

Late-Career
▲51%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
▼1%

Experienced
▼1%

Entry-Level
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
no benefits
None: 32%
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