$49,761
Avg. Salary
$20.49
Avg. Hourly Rate
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The average pay for a Camera Operator, Television, Video, Or Motion Picture is $20.49 per hour.

The average pay for a Camera Operator, Television, Video, Or Motion Picture is $49,761 per year.

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MEDIAN $49,761
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$0$326K
Salary $29,980 - $91,916
Bonus $3,439
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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$29,056 - $99,641
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 38
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $10.88 - $50.02
Overtime $31.43
Annual Data $0$326K
Bonus $3,439
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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$29,056 - $99,641
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 44

Job Description for Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture

Camera operators will typically be expected to have demonstrable competency with both traditional film and digital camera equipment. The camera operator will be expected to be able to set up basic shots and film sequences, as well as being able to understand direction offered by a director or cinematographer. The camera operator is primarily concerned with the regular operation and maintenance of the cameras he or she uses. While some operators will specialize on either the digital or film side of the equation, most operators maintain some facility with both to ensure their own versatility for upcoming jobs. In any event, camera operators must know how to set up cameras in varying conditions and lighting and obtain useful footage. They may work in television, private commercial production, or the movie industry.

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Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture Tasks
  • Operate the film or digital camera that records the television, movie, or live event.
  • Assemble, prepare, set up, and disassemble equipment before and after shooting.

Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture

Pay by Experience for a Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture has a positive trend. An entry-level Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 26 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 18 salaries. An experienced Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 14 salaries. A Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 10 salaries.

Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture?

Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture in Dallas:
"It's a job I know well."
Pros: Field work
Cons: No time off at times

Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture in Tustin:
"Is this even work?!"
Pros: I love everything about my job. From operating the camera, to set up, and tear down.
Cons: I have one coworker who is very lazy. I love working very hard though so I don't mind that much about picking up his slack.

Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture in Tustin:
"I love this Job!"
Pros: I love the entirety of my job; operations, setup teardown, and the creativity required of me.
Cons: I have a lazy coworker who I have to pick the slack up for. I really love working hard so I don't mind it too much.

Key Stats for Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
20%

Experience Affects Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture Salaries

Late-Career
▲42%

National Average
$45,000

Mid-Career
▼6%

Experienced
▼7%

Entry-Level
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
no benefits
None: 30%