Camera Operator Salary (United States)

The average wage for a Camera Operator is $20.00 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.
Camera Operator Salary (?
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$23,851 - $54,631
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $31,189
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Camera Operator Salary (?
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$9.40 - $40.85
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$23,851 - $54,631  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
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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$20,604 - $86,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$150$300$450
Hourly Rate
$9.40 - $40.85  
   
Overtime
$8.70 - $441.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$300K$600K$900K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
   
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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$20,604 - $86,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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Job Description for Camera Operator

  • 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.

Pay Difference By Location

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$37,000
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Experience Affects Camera Operator Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 103%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$37,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
15%
female alumni
 
Male
85%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 40% dental benefits Dental: 23%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 57%