Master Control Operator Salary

Master Control Operators in the United States take home an average $12.50 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by the company and location. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Master Control Operators who answered the questionnnaire. For the most part, Master Control Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$27,688 - $59,926
(Median)
$28K
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MEDIAN: $39,751
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$9.36 - $21.65
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$27,688 - $59,926  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,069  
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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$20,617 - $52,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 115
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.36 - $21.65  
   
Overtime
$13.40 - $42.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,069  
   
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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$20,617 - $52,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 273
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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.

Common Career Paths for Master Control Operator


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Master Control Operators might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Video Editor, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $41K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Master Control Operator


Encompass Digital Media pays the most with a median salary of $40K, though there is little variation overall ($31K to $50K).


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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Video Editing, Satellite, Microwave Technology, and Broadcast Programming. Video Editing is a skill commonly found among those who know Broadcast Programming.

Pay by Experience Level for Master Control Operator

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average inexperienced worker earns $26K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $30K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $35K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $46K.

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Experience Affects Master Control Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 53%

Experienced
up arrow 17%


National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Master Control Operator Salaries

Systems Computer/Console Operations
up arrow 11%

National Average
$30,000


Satellite, Microwave Technology
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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