A Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture earns an average wage of $20.49 per hour.

$31,785 - $90,604
(Median)
$32K
$43K
$91K
MEDIAN: $43,448
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$11.66 - $45.78
(Median)
$12
$20
$46
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$31,785 - $90,604  
   
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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$29,812 - $92,876  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 28
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.66 - $45.78  
   
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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$29,812 - $92,876  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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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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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.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 51%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
medical benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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