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Master Control Operator Salary (United States)

Hourly pay for Master Control Operators in the United States typically comes in around $12.00 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career duration, though geography and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Master Control Operators. Most Master Control Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Master Control Operator Salary (?
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$24,706 - $57,666
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MEDIAN: $39,042
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$8.76 - $21.48
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$24,706 - $57,666  
   
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$0.00 - $2,013  
Total Pay (?
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$19,438 - $51,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 123
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
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$8.76 - $21.48  
   
Overtime
$12.46 - $32.65  
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$0$22K$44K$66K
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$0.00 - $2,013  
   
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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$19,438 - $51,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 302
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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.

Master Control Operator Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Master Control Operator

With a median salary of $40K, Encompass Digital Media offers Master Control Operators the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $31K and are capped at $51K. Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $24K, 69 percent less than the top paying company. Encompass Digital Media also ranks near the bottom for pay.

Master Control Operators report a focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Broadcast Programming can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 35 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Video Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Master Control Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Master Control Operators, more experience generally translates to higher pay. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $25K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $29K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $38K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $46K on average. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, more than half land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one-tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$29,000
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Master Control Operators will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 82 percent. Master Control Operators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+73 percent), Los Angeles (+62 percent), Atlanta (+38 percent), and Raleigh (+16 percent).

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Experience Affects Master Control Operator Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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$29,000
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Skills That Affect Master Control Operator Salaries

Broadcast Programming
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National Average
$29,000
Video Editing
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
23%
female alumni
 
Male
77%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 19%