Camera Operator Salary

The average wage for a Camera Operator is $19.00 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.

$28,406 - $81,876
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$82K
MEDIAN: $39,305
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$9.09 - $44.70
(Median)
$9
$19
$45
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$28,406 - $81,876  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
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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$20,558 - $94,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$150$300$450
Hourly Rate
$9.09 - $44.70  
   
Overtime
$15.46 - $441.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$300K$600K$900K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
   
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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$20,558 - $94,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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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 93%

Mid-Career
up arrow 27%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 44% dental benefits Dental: 25%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 54%
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