The average pay for a Cameraman is $48,214 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.

$31,340 - $99,329
(Median)
$31K
$48K
$99K
MEDIAN: $48,213
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$8.55 - $58.17
(Median)
$8
$15
$58
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$31,340 - $99,329  
   
Total Pay (?
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$20,714 - $121,923  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$8.55 - $58.17  
   
Overtime
$25.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$20,714 - $121,923  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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Job Description for Cameraman

A cameraman is also called a camera operator. This person is generally responsible for recording various occurrences with a video camera for television programs or movie productions. This person can work with digital, electronic, or film cameras in a variety of environments. Sometimes this is within a studio, and sometimes in an outdoors environment, depending on the needs of their program. This is a position that will work with a team of other crew people under the supervision of a director.

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Cameraman 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 Cameraman

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Cameraman Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 80%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 25%
medical benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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