The average wage for a Camera Operator is $16.39 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.

$30,056 - $93,282
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$93K
MEDIAN: $44,804
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90%

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$9.21 - $41.31
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$41
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$30,056 - $93,282  
   
Bonus
$1,977  
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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$21,271 - $94,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 55
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$9.21 - $41.31  
   
Overtime
$12.85 - $96.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,977  
   
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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$21,271 - $94,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 88

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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

  • Operate the film or digital camera that records the television, movie, or live event.
  • Assemble, prepare, set up, and disassemble equipment before and after shooting.

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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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Key Stats for Camera Operator

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Camera Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 128%

Experienced
up arrow 76%

Mid-Career
up arrow 26%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Camera Operator Salaries

National Average
$40,000

Video Editing
up arrow 2%

Camera Operator
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 27%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 61%
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