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Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture Salary

A Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture earns an average wage of $18.80 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.
$28,383 - $100,899
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MEDIAN: $47,131
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$8.07 - $51.06
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$28,383 - $100,899  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,603  
Total Pay (?
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$19,352 - $102,689  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$8.07 - $51.06  
   
Overtime
$11.92 - $98.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,603  
   
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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$19,352 - $102,689  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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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.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 47%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 41%