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Videographer Salary (United States)

In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $40K, over a third of overall earnings for Videographers arrives through commissions. Cash earnings for Videographers — which occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $16K from profit sharing — stretch from around $25K to approximately $74K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Although a majority have medical coverage and close to one-half have dental coverage, over a third claim no health benefits at all. Men make up the vast majority of Videographers (83 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Videographer Salary (?
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$27,265 - $59,302
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MEDIAN: $40,535
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Videographer Salary (?
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$10.34 - $50.11
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$27,265 - $59,302  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,100  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $16,107  
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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$24,779 - $73,853  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 433
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$10.34 - $50.11  
   
Overtime
$14.00 - $52.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,100  
   
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $16,107  
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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$24,779 - $73,853  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 368
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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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Popular Skills for Videographer

Videographers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Filming, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop, and Video Editing are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.
Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $36K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $44K. Videographers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $48K. Videographers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $55K. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — most of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than two percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

Seattle
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Atlanta
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San Francisco
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Boston
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Los Angeles
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Washington
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Austin
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Nashville
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Minneapolis
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Dallas
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San Diego
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National Average
$40,000
Orlando
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Phoenix
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Videographers, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 46 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Atlanta, San Francisco, Boston, and Los Angeles, top-paying markets where Videographers rake in more than the national norm (+35 percent, +29 percent, +26 percent, and +24 percent). In Phoenix, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Videographer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$40,000

Skills That Affect Videographer Salaries

Filming
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Adobe Photoshop
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Adobe Premiere Pro
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National Average
$40,000
Video Editing
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Apple Final Cut Pro
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Adobe After Effects
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 197 votes.

Gender

Female
17%
female alumni
 
Male
83%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 37%