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Videographer Salary

For Videographers, yearly average wages total $41K annually. In the world of Videographers, overall income ranges from $25K near the bottom to $73K at the top; this can include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $16K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of Videographers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Videographers are male. While over a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and one-half have dental, as well. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$28,102 - $59,972
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MEDIAN: $40,705
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$10.39 - $50.31
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National Salary Data

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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
$28,102 - $59,972  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
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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$24,970 - $73,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 442
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.39 - $50.31  
   
Overtime
$13.90 - $49.99  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
   
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).
)
$24,970 - $73,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 369
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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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Compensation may increase greatly for Videographers who advance to upper-end positions like Video Producer. Median pay for Video Producers is $49K per year.

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Popular Skills for Videographer


Videographers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Filming, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Premiere are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Videography and Adobe After Effects. Most people experienced in Apple Final Cut Pro also know Adobe After Effects.

Pay by Experience Level for Videographer

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Videographers. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $36K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $44K. Videographers see a median salary of $48K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $55K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Videographers, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Videographers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+42 percent), Atlanta (+40 percent), Boston (+23 percent), and Austin (+20 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Buffalo.

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Experience Affects Videographer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%



National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Videographer Salaries

Filming
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Adobe Premiere Pro
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National Average
$41,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe Premiere
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Video Editing
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Apple Final Cut Pro
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Adobe After Effects
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Videography
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 184 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 37%