A Camera Operator earns an average wage of $16.10 per hour. A skill in Video Editing is associated with high pay for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. Experience strongly influences income for this job.

$29,785 - $87,884
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$88K
MEDIAN: $43,668
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$9.04 - $40.93
(Median)
$9
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$41
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$29,785 - $87,884  
   
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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$21,035 - $90,190  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 53
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$9.04 - $40.93  
   
Overtime
$7.71 - $97.87  
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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$21,035 - $90,190  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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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 127%

Experienced
up arrow 59%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Camera Operator Salaries

Video Editing
up arrow 17%

National Average
$40,000

Camera Operator
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 24%
medical benefits
Vision: 18%
dental benefits
None: 61%
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