Master Control Operator Salary

Master Control Operators in the United States take home an average $12.43 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.21 per hour and $21.71. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Master Control Operators greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction for Master Control Operators is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$26,849 - $59,031

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$9.21 - $21.71

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,849 - $59,031  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,040  
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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$20,425 - $52,131  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 106
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.21 - $21.71  
   
Overtime
$13.30 - $35.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,040  
   
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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$20,425 - $52,131  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 270
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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 often transition into Video Editor positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Video Editors earn $41K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Master Control Operator


Pay for Master Control Operators is the lowest at Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc, which has a median salary of $25K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $32K.

Popular Skills for Master Control Operator


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Master Control Operators who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Systems Computer/Console Operations, Broadcast Programming, Satellite, Microwave Technology, and Video Editing are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Video Editing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Satellite, Microwave Technology and Broadcast Programming also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in 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.


For many Master Control Operators, more experience generally translates to higher pay. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $25K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $30K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $36K in this role. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $46K.

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Experience Affects Master Control Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 53%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

National Average
$30,000


Entry-Level
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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 63 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 17%
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