The average hourly pay for a Camera Operator is $18.45.
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Job Description for Camera Operator
Camera operators are responsible for capturing images and video on film projects by use of a camera. They may be employed by a film company, educational institution, or an independent filmmaker. Their specific duties are dependent on the instructions of their director, who may have an eclectic range of requests. A camera operator's main objective is to adhere to these orders as closely as possible while simultaneously being able to explain any problems or directions that are not possible to fu…Read more
Camera Operator 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.
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Pay by Experience Level for Camera Operator
An entry-level Camera Operator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $12.88 based on 11 salaries. An early career Camera Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.40 based on 84 salaries. A mid-career Camera Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $25.96 based on 45 salaries. An experienced Camera Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $39.81 based on 36 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $42.
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Employees with Camera Operator in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 154.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (103.3% more) and San Diego, California (103.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Dallas, Texas (2.4% less).
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