Videographer Salary

Videographers in the United States take home approximately $41K annually on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men account for the majority of Videographers who responded to the questionnaire — 83 percent to be exact. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by just under a half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,306 - $60,303

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$11.08 - $51.59

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,306 - $60,303  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,891  
Profit Sharing
$950 - $10,500  
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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$26,103 - $73,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 491
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$11.08 - $51.59  
   
Overtime
$14.36 - $52.41  
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 - $2,891  
   
Profit Sharing
$950 - $10,500  
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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$26,103 - $73,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 357
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Video Producer. The average Video Producer brings home $50K 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 Photoshop. Those familiar with Adobe After Effects also tend to know Apple Final Cut Pro.

Pay by Experience Level for Videographer

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


For many Videographers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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. Videographers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $50K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Videographer with more than 20 years of experience can earn $55K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Videographers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 49 percent greater than the national average. Videographers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+36 percent), Atlanta (+26 percent), Austin (+22 percent), and Los Angeles (+21 percent).

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Experience Affects Videographer Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Videographer Salaries

Camera Operator
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Filming
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National Average
$41,000

Apple Final Cut Pro
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Adobe Premiere Pro
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Video Editing
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Adobe After Effects
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Adobe Photoshop
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Videography
up arrow 5%

Adobe Premiere
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 144 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: 62% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 37%
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