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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 $18.58 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.

$29,091 - $101,130
(Median)
$29K
$48K
$100K
MEDIAN: $48,029
10%
50%
90%

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$7.90 - $49.32
(Median)
$7
$19
$49
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$29,091 - $101,130  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,750  
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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$19,465 - $101,495  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$7.90 - $49.32  
   
Overtime
$11.84 - $98.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,750  
   
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).
)
$19,465 - $101,495  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51

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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

  • 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.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 45%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 39%