Master Control Operator Salary
|Salary||$25,390 - $59,341|
|Total Pay (||$21,292 - $50,224|
|Hourly Rate||$9.76 - $20.59|
|Overtime||$13.35 - $43.17|
|Total Pay (||$21,292 - $50,224|
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.Read More...
A bachelor's degree in a related field is necessary for this position. In addition, experience in a master control setting may be required or preferred, and industry certifications may be beneficial. Master control operators should possess a strong technical background in media broadcasts to ensure they can resolve programming, and transmission issues as they arise. Additionally, they should have excellent organizational and time-management skills, as well as an advanced knowledge of audio/video standards and the logistics of broadcasting operations. These operators must work well in a team environment with other operators, but also be able to perform effectively on their own with minimal supervision.
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.
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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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