Videographer Salary

In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $42K, more than a third of overall earnings for Videographers arrives through commissions. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. The vast majority (84 percent) of Videographers who answered the questionnaire are male. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,853 - $61,042
$30K
$43K
$61K
MEDIAN: $43,080
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50%
90%

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$11.76 - $44.73
$12
$18
$45
MEDIAN: $17.87
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90%

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National Salary 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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,853 - $61,042  
   
Bonus
$203.47 - $5,048  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$27,799 - $67,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 524
National Hourly Rate 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$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$11.76 - $44.73  
   
Overtime
$15.60 - $52.77  
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
$203.47 - $5,048  
   
Commission
$15,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$27,799 - $67,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 292

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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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For Videographers, progressing to a Video Producer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Video Producer can earn $51K annually.

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Popular Skills for Videographer


Videographers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Filming, Graphic Design, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Adobe After Effects 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. Those educated in Adobe After Effects tend to be well versed in Apple Final Cut Pro.

Pay by Experience Level for Videographer

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


Videographers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $39K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $45K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Videographers make a median salary of $51K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Videographers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $58K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,538

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

Videographers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 42 percent. Videographers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+25 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), Frederick (+22 percent), and Boston (+13 percent). Cleveland is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Buffalo and Baltimore (4 percent less).

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Key Stats for Videographer

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Videographer Salaries

▲39%

▲23%

▲9%

National Average
$42,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Videographer Salaries

Filming
▲5%

Graphic Design
▲3%

National Average
$42,000






Camera Operator
▼3%


Adobe Premiere
▼4%

Cinematography
▼4%

Social Media Marketing
▼5%

Videography
▼11%

Adobe Premiere Pro
▼13%

Photography
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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