Videographer Salary

On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (over a third) of final income for Videographers. That final number averages out to $41K across the industry. 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. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. While some workers in this profession — over a third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and one-half have dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Videographers (83 percent) survey respondents are men. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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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).
)
$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.

Common Career Paths for Videographer


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For Videographers, progressing to a Video Producer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Video Producer can earn $51K annually.

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Popular Skills for Videographer


Survey takers working as Videographers report using a large range of professional skills. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $38K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $46K. On average, Videographers make $50K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $55K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,411

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

Videographers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 45 percent. 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). Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando. Employers in Phoenix and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (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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