Videographer Salary

Earnings for Videographers in the United States come in at around $41K annually on average. In the world of Videographers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $16K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $26K and $74K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly less than half. Work is enjoyable for Videographers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the vast majority of Videographers (83 percent) who took the survey. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,079 - $60,506
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $41,162
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$11.06 - $51.67
(Median)
$11
$19
$52
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
$29,079 - $60,506  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,942  
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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$25,784 - $74,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 484
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$11.06 - $51.67  
   
Overtime
$14.34 - $52.54  
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 - $2,942  
   
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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$25,784 - $74,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 365
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Video Producer, where median compensation is $50K annually.

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Popular Skills for Videographer


Survey results imply that Videographers put a diverse skill set to use. 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, Adobe Photoshop, and Videography. 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 Videographers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $37K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $45K. On average, Videographers make $50K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $55K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Videographers that is 46 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Videographers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+37 percent), Austin (+23 percent), Atlanta (+20 percent), and Los Angeles (+19 percent).

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Experience Affects Videographer Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Videographer Salaries

Camera Operator
up arrow 19%

Filming
up arrow 6%

National Average
$41,000

Adobe Premiere Pro
up arrow 1%

Video Editing
up arrow 2%

Apple Final Cut Pro
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Adobe After Effects
up arrow 4%

Videography
up arrow 4%


Adobe Premiere
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 149 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
43%
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: 35% employee benefits None: 38%
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