Master Control Operator Salary

An average Master Control Operator in the United States can expect to take home roughly $13.53 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the specific employer and tenure are influential factors as well. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. 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. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,390 - $59,341
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MEDIAN: $38,069
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$9.76 - $20.59
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$25,390 - $59,341  
   
Bonus
$2,072  
Total Pay (?
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$21,292 - $50,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.76 - $20.59  
   
Overtime
$13.35 - $43.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$2,072  
   
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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$21,292 - $50,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 189

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Master Control Operator


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Master Control Operators who move on to become Video Editors may enjoy significant pay raises, as Video Editors get paid an average of $41K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Master Control Operator


Dominating the field, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc, Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc., Encompass Digital Media, Bonten Media, and Time Warner Cable Company are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Master Control Operators. Encompass Digital Media leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $38K.

Popular Skills for Master Control Operator


Survey takers who work as Master Control Operators typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Systems Computer/Console Operations, Satellite, Microwave Technology, Broadcast Programming, and Video Editing are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Video Editing and Broadcast Programming. The majority of those who know 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $27K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $34K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $33K in this role. Master Control Operators who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $37K.

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Key Stats for Master Control Operator

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Master Control Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲17%

▲6%

▲3%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
▼16%

Skills That Affect Master Control Operator Salaries

Systems Computer/Console Operations
▲7%

Satellite, Microwave Technology
▲1%

National Average
$32,000


▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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