Videographer Salary

Videographers in the United States take home an average $41K per year. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and slightly less than half receive dental plans. For the most part, Videographers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Videographers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,160 - $60,351
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$60K
MEDIAN: $41,277
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$11.10 - $51.52
(Median)
$11
$19
$52
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,160 - $60,351  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,948  
Profit Sharing
$950 - $10,500  
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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$25,951 - $73,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 487
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$11.10 - $51.52  
   
Overtime
$14.32 - $52.67  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,948  
   
Profit Sharing
$950 - $10,500  
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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$25,951 - $73,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 359
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Job Description for Videographer

A videographer operates film or video camera equipment. Their role varies depending on their employer and position. For example, news organizations use videographers to operate the cameras and video equipment for live and taped stories. Some videographers work as part of a studio doing special parties and celebrations. Large companies may have videographers to help with filmed documentation of training procedures, store openings, or other important occasions.

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Videographer Tasks

  • Track, report, and analyze budget and schedules.
  • Create videos, including shooting video, picking a layout and style, and developing content.
  • Develop project concepts from scriptwriting to look and feel.
  • Edit and add content to videos, including branding and advertising.

Common Career Paths for Videographer


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Videographers who go on to become Video Producers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Video Producers is $50K annually.

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Popular Skills for Videographer


Videographers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Camera Operator, Filming, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Apple Final Cut Pro are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Premiere, Videography, and Adobe Photoshop. Those proficient in Adobe After Effects are, more often than not, also skilled in Apple Final Cut Pro.

Pay by Experience Level for Videographer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Videographers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $45K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $54K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Videographers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Videographers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+36 percent), Atlanta (+26 percent), Austin (+23 percent), and Los Angeles (+21 percent).

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Experience Affects Videographer Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Videographer Salaries

Camera Operator
up arrow 19%

Filming
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National Average
$41,000

Adobe Premiere Pro
up arrow 1%

Video Editing
up arrow 2%

Apple Final Cut Pro
up arrow 2%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 4%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%

Videography
up arrow 5%

Adobe Premiere
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 146 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 37%
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