Master Control Operator Salary

Master Control Operators in the United States can expect wages of $12.57 per hour on average. Compensation ranges from $9.22 per hour on the lower end to $22.17 on the higher end. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but the particular city and the specific company are influential factors as well. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Master Control Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male Master Control Operators greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,083 - $58,564
(Median)
$27K
$40K
$59K
MEDIAN: $39,768
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$9.22 - $22.17
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$27,083 - $58,564  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,037  
Total Pay (?
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$20,499 - $52,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.22 - $22.17  
   
Overtime
$13.28 - $35.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,037  
   
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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$20,499 - $52,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 274
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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


Employees at Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc take home the smallest paychecks, and $25K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $20K and quickly nearing the top at only $32K.

Popular Skills for Master Control Operator


Typical Master Control Operators report a focused set of job 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. 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. Those educated in Broadcast Programming tend to be well versed in 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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. During the first five years of their careers, Master Control Operators see a median income of $26K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $30K. On average, Master Control Operators make $36K following one to two decades on the job. 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
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Master Control Operator Salaries

Systems Computer/Console Operations
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National Average
$30,000


Satellite, Microwave Technology
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Video Editing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

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