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Master Control Operator Salary

For Master Control Operators, hourly average wages total $12.48 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.21 per hour to $22.10. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but the particular city and the specific company are influential factors as well. Most Master Control Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Master Control Operators are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,397 - $59,171
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$27K
$39K
$59K
MEDIAN: $39,427
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$9.21 - $22.10
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$27,397 - $59,171  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,045  
Total Pay (?
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$20,431 - $52,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 115
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.21 - $22.10  
   
Overtime
$13.51 - $35.40  
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,045  
   
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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$20,431 - $52,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 278

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Job Description for Master Control Operator

Master control operators are in charge of executing on-air transmissions and ensuring the technical quality of programming and other media operations for their organization. They are responsible for monitoring network transmissions for quality control, as well as reviewing, editing, and confirming the ongoing reliability of the automated playlists. They also interact with the automation software, making changes to the on-air schedule when necessary to ensure continuity in programming. One of the operator's main responsibilities includes performing all playback and monitoring functions for the origination of multiple satellite broadcast channels. They create business relationships with other media professionals as well.

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Master Control Operator Tasks

  • Maintain station logs and update information to reflect desired or actual schedule.
  • Interrupt broadcasts or alter programs when a supervisor approves it.
  • Monitor broadcasts, breaks, and commercials and ensure that television schedule is followed.
  • Record and document video feeds.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Master Control Operator


Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc offers the least pay with a median salary of $25K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $33K.

Popular Skills for Master Control Operator


Master Control Operators report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Systems Computer/Console Operations, Broadcast Programming, Satellite, Microwave Technology, and Video Editing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Video Editing, Satellite, Microwave Technology, and Broadcast Programming. Most people familiar with Broadcast Programming also know Satellite, Microwave Technology.

Pay by Experience Level for Master Control Operator

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


Master Control Operators with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Master Control Operators in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $26K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $30K. Master Control Operators bring in $37K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $47K on average.

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Experience Affects Master Control Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 56%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

National Average
$30,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Master Control Operator Salaries

Systems Computer/Console Operations
up arrow 12%

National Average
$30,000


Satellite, Microwave Technology
up arrow 16%

Video Editing
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 16%
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