Videographer Salary

Commissions form a big slice (more than a third) of total compensation for Videographers. The median income in this area hovers around $42K. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Videographers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 83 percent. While some workers in this profession — just under a third — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. Most Videographers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,708 - $61,610
$30K
$43K
$62K
MEDIAN: $43,318
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50%
90%

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$11.74 - $40.03
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MEDIAN: $17.62
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$0$66K
Salary $29,708 - $61,610
Bonus $339.35 - $4,994
Profit Sharing $2,500
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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$27,809 - $66,617
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 551
Hourly Data $0$49
Hourly Rate $11.74 - $40.03
Overtime $17.45 - $49.83
Annual Data $0$66K
Bonus $339.35 - $4,994
Commission $15,000
Profit Sharing $2,500
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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$27,809 - $66,617
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 308

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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

  • Develop project concepts from scriptwriting to look and feel.
  • Edit and add content to videos, including branding and advertising.
  • Track, report, and analyze budget and schedules.
  • Create videos, including shooting video, picking a layout and style, and developing content.

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 $51K annually.

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Popular Skills for Videographer


Survey results imply that Videographers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Graphic Design, Filming, Adobe After Effects, and Apple Final Cut Pro are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Photography as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Adobe Premiere Pro and Videography also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Adobe After Effects also know Apple Final Cut Pro.

Pay by Experience Level for Videographer

Pay by Experience for a Videographer has a positive trend. An entry-level Videographer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 484 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Videographer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 323 salaries. An experienced Videographer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 125 salaries. A Videographer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 48 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,640

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

Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Videographers, 44 percent above the national average. Videographers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+43 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), Frederick (+20 percent), and Boston (+13 percent). Miami is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Employers in Minneapolis and Buffalo also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Videographer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Videographer?

Videographer in Denver:
"Good people, great job."
Pros: I get to work with good people, and it's a great job.
Cons: I like everything about my job and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Videographer in Phoenix:
"Lot's of Fun."
Pros: Fun. Family.
Cons: Long hours. Not predictable.

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Key Stats for Videographer

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 128 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Videographer Salaries

▲40%

▲21%

▲9%

National Average
$42,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Videographer Salaries


Filming
▲4%

National Average
$42,000







Cinematography
▼4%

Camera Operator
▼4%


Social Media Marketing
▼6%

Videography
▼11%

Adobe Premiere Pro
▼15%

Photography
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 128 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 28%
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