A Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture earns an average wage of $18.68 per hour. Experience strongly influences pay for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture Total Pay (?
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$24,850 - $75,506
(Median)
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42K
52K
76K
MEDIAN: $41,845
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Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture Total Pay (?
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$9.07 - $49.66
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$24,850 - $75,506  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,550  
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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$20,564 - $97,915  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 158
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$9.07 - $49.66  
   
Overtime
$12.16 - $88.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,550  
   
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).
)
$20,564 - $97,915  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 158
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Job Description for Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture
  • Assemble, prepare, set up, and disassemble equipment before and after shooting.
  • Operate the film or digital camera that records the television, movie, or live event.

Experience Affects Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 27%
Mid-Career
up arrow 2%
National Average
$41,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 24%
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
16%
female alumni
 
Male
84%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 47%
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