Camera Operator Salary

The average wage for a Camera Operator is $16.46 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.

$29,819 - $91,231
$30K
$42K
$91K
MEDIAN: $42,394
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50%
90%

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$10.01 - $40.91
$10
$18
$41
MEDIAN: $18.22
10%
50%
90%

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$0$95K
Salary $29,819 - $91,231
Bonus $2,000
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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$23,360 - $95,699
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 50
Hourly Data $0$92
Hourly Rate $10.01 - $40.91
Overtime $18.09 - $92.62
Annual Data $0$95K
Bonus $2,000
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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$23,360 - $95,699
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 85

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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

Pay by Experience for a Camera Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Camera Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 91 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Camera Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 38 salaries. An experienced Camera Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 26 salaries. A Camera Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 14 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,727

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Key Stats for Camera Operator

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Camera Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲122%

Experienced
▲75%

Mid-Career
▲26%

National Average
$41,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Camera Operator Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Video Editing
▼3%

Camera Operator
▼31%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 25%
vision benefits
Vision: 23%
no benefits
None: 60%
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