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Master Control Operator Salary

Master Control Operators in the United States can expect wages of $12.25 per hour on average. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by geography and the particular employer. Most Master Control Operators survey respondents are men (76 percent). Job satisfaction for Master Control Operators is high. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$25,580 - $60,533
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MEDIAN: $38,995
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$8.84 - $22.06
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$25,580 - $60,533  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,012  
Total Pay (?
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$19,902 - $53,054  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 113
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$8.84 - $22.06  
   
Overtime
$13.19 - $35.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,012  
   
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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$19,902 - $53,054  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 280
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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 lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $24K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $21K to $31K.


Master Control Operators who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Broadcast Programming and Video Editing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Video Editing. Experience with Broadcast Programming is often linked with knowledge of Video Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Master Control Operator

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Master Control Operators. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $25K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $30K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $39K in this role. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $46K.

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Experience Affects Master Control Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 57%

Experienced
up arrow 32%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Master Control Operator Salaries

Broadcast Programming
up arrow 9%

National Average
$30,000

Video Editing
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 19%