Camera Operator Salary

The average wage for a Camera Operator is $16.21 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. Experience strongly influences salary for this job.

$29,159 - $81,081
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$81K
MEDIAN: $40,680
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$8.78 - $41.08
(Median)
$8
$16
$41
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$29,159 - $81,081  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
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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$20,142 - $94,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 50
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$8.78 - $41.08  
   
Overtime
$15.32 - $91.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
   
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).
)
$20,142 - $94,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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Job Description for Camera Operator

Camera operators are responsible for capturing images and video on film projects by use of a camera. They may be employed by a film company, educational institution, or an independent filmmaker.

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Camera Operator 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

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

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Experience Affects Camera Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 156%

Experienced
up arrow 77%

Mid-Career
up arrow 31%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
medical benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 61%
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