Videographer Salary

Total annual pay for Videographers is approximately $41K, and commissions account for a significant portion of this final number — over a third on average. With some bonuses approaching $3K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $16K, overall incomes of Videographers spread between $26K and $75K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Health benefits are not claimed by all — over a third lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and about one-half have dental, too. There are far more male Videographers survey respondents than women, making up 83 percent. The majority of Videographers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$29,464 - $60,409
(Median)
$29K
$42K
$60K
MEDIAN: $41,873
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$11.32 - $51.85
(Median)
$11
$19
$52
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,464 - $60,409  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,598  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $16,219  
Commission
$15,000  
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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$26,320 - $74,648  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 565
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$11.32 - $51.85  
   
Overtime
$14.53 - $51.56  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,598  
   
Commission
$15,000  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $16,219  
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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$26,320 - $74,648  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 381
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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.

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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 $51K annually.

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Popular Skills for Videographer


Survey results imply that Videographers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Camera Operator can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 28 percent above average. Adobe Illustrator and Videographer are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 20 percent and 28 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Premiere, Cinematography, and Graphic Design. Most people experienced in Adobe After Effects also know 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $38K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $46K. Videographers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $50K. As Videographers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $55K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,411

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 45 percent, Videographers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Videographers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+26 percent), Austin (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), and Boston (+21 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 5 percent below the national average. Phoenix and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 3 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Videographer Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Videographer Salaries

Camera Operator
up arrow 28%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 28%

Videographer
up arrow 20%

Filming
up arrow 5%

National Average
$41,000

Apple Final Cut Pro
up arrow 1%

Video Editing
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Adobe Premiere Pro
up arrow 3%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 4%

Product Photography
up arrow 4%

Videography
up arrow 5%

Graphic Design
up arrow 6%

Cinematography
up arrow 8%

Adobe Premiere
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 139 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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