Master Control Operator Salary (United States)

Pay for Master Control Operators in the United States is typically around $12.00 per hour. Pay starts at $8.76 per hour and can approach $21.48 on the higher side. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by geography and the individual firm. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and around two-thirds earn dental coverage. Most Master Control Operators are men (77 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Master Control Operator Salary (?
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$24,706 - $57,666
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $39,042
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Master Control Operator Salary (?
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$8.76 - $21.48
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$24,706 - $57,666  
   
Bonus
$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  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 123
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.76 - $21.48  
   
Overtime
$12.46 - $32.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$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  
PayScale
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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Master Control Operator

Though highest salaries can be found at Encompass Digital Media—median pay is $40,416—there is little variability in compensation, with paychecks starting at $31K and reaching $51K. Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc pays significantly less than competing companies with a median salary of $23,881, 69 percent less than the top paying company.

Pay by Experience Level for Master Control Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many but not all Master Control Operators, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Pay increases are minimal for Master Control Operators just starting out. Salaries only go from $25K to $29K after a decade. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $38K. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job, and Master Control Operators tend to earn $46K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five 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 7 percent. A majority of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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New York
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Los Angeles
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Atlanta
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Raleigh
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National Average
$29,000
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For Master Control Operators, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. 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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Mid-Career
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National Average
$29,000
Entry-Level
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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%
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