Videographer Salary

Videographers in the United States pull down an average of $41K per year. Final cash compensation to Videographers varies from around $25K to approximately $74K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $3K and $16K, respectively. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Videographers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 84 percent. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and slightly less than half have dental, as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$28,648 - $60,496
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$60K
MEDIAN: $41,018
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$10.77 - $50.74
(Median)
$11
$19
$51
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary 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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$28,648 - $60,496  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,916  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $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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$25,231 - $73,568  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 476
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.77 - $50.74  
   
Overtime
$14.30 - $50.73  
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 - $2,916  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $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).
)
$25,231 - $73,568  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 361

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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 Video Editing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Videography, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Photoshop. Most people who know Apple Final Cut Pro also know Adobe After Effects.

Pay by Experience Level for Videographer

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


For many Videographers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $37K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $44K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $49K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $56K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Videographers that is 44 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Videographers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+41 percent), Atlanta (+27 percent), Austin (+21 percent), and Los Angeles (+17 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Buffalo, 3 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Videographer Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Videographer Salaries

Camera Operator
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Filming
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Adobe Premiere Pro
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National Average
$41,000

Video Editing
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Apple Final Cut Pro
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Adobe Premiere
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Adobe After Effects
up arrow 4%

Adobe Photoshop
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Videography
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 38%