Average Camera Operator Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Camera Operator is $18.45.
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Hourly Rate
$11 - $49
$44 - $53,327
Profit Sharing
$0 - $22,522
Total Pay
$23,598 - $103,528

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Job Description for Camera Operator

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.

Job Satisfaction for Camera Operator

3.8 out of 5
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Popular Skills for Camera Operator

Skills in Apple Final Cut Pro are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Audio Visual Equipment Use and Video Editing.

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.
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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