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Videographer Salary

The average Videographer in the United States earns approximately $41K per year. Overall cash earnings for Videographers stretch from $26K on the lower end to $74K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $3K from bonuses and $16K from profit sharing. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and slightly less than half have dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority of Videographers (83 percent) survey respondents are men. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,867 - $60,764
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $41,057
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$10.94 - $51.06
(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
$28,867 - $60,764  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,975  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $16,162  
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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$25,517 - $74,124  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 480
National Hourly Rate 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$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$10.94 - $51.06  
   
Overtime
$14.46 - $50.88  
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 - $2,975  
   
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $16,162  
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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$25,517 - $74,124  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 360

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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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As Videographers transition into upper-level roles such as Video Producer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Video Producers earn $50K on average per year.

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Popular Skills for Videographer


Videographers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Camera Operator, Filming, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Apple Final Cut Pro are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Premiere, Videography, and Adobe After Effects. For most people, competency in Apple Final Cut Pro indicates knowledge of Adobe After Effects.

Pay by Experience Level for Videographer

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


Videographers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $37K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $44K. Videographers see a median salary of $50K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Videographers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $56K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Videographers, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 46 percent greater than the national average. Videographers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+43 percent), Atlanta (+27 percent), Austin (+22 percent), and Boston (+16 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
up arrow 19%

Filming
up arrow 6%

Adobe Premiere Pro
0%

National Average
$41,000

Apple Final Cut Pro
up arrow 1%

Video Editing
up arrow 2%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 4%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%

Videography
up arrow 10%

Adobe Premiere
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 158 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
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 38%
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