Master Control Operator Salary

An average Master Control Operator in the United States can expect to take home roughly $14.33 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male Master Control Operators greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,739 - $59,516
$27K
$37K
$60K
MEDIAN: $37,290
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50%
90%

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$9.82 - $21.86
$9
$14
$22
MEDIAN: $13.97
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$0$59K
Salary $26,739 - $59,516
Bonus $0.00 - $4,122
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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$21,291 - $51,835
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 143
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $9.82 - $21.86
Overtime $13.67 - $41.55
Annual Data $0$51K
Bonus $0.00 - $4,122
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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$21,291 - $51,835
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 337

Job Description for Master Control Operator

Master control operators are in charge of executing on-air transmissions and ensuring the technical quality of programming and other media operations for their organization. They are responsible for monitoring network transmissions for quality control, as well as reviewing, editing, and confirming the ongoing reliability of the automated playlists. They also interact with the automation software, making changes to the on-air schedule when necessary to ensure continuity in programming. One of the operator's main responsibilities includes performing all playback and monitoring functions for the origination of multiple satellite broadcast channels. They create business relationships with other media professionals as well.

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Master Control Operator Tasks

  • Monitor broadcasts, breaks, and commercials and ensure that television schedule is followed.
  • Record and document video feeds.
  • Maintain station logs and update information to reflect desired or actual schedule.
  • Interrupt broadcasts or alter programs when a supervisor approves it.

Master Control Operator Pay By Employer

$0$46K

$25,973

$23,826

$41,535

Bonten Media
6 profiles
$27,841

$32,000

Common Career Paths for Master Control Operator


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Many Master Control Operators move into a Video Editor role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $41K per year.

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Popular Skills for Master Control Operator


Master Control Operators usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Systems Computer/Console Operations, Satellite, Microwave Technology, Broadcast Programming, and Video Editing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Video Editing and Broadcast Programming. Most people who know Broadcast Programming also know Satellite, Microwave Technology.

Pay by Experience Level for Master Control Operator

Pay by Experience for a Master Control Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Master Control Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 119 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Master Control Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 74 salaries. An experienced Master Control Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 87 salaries. A Master Control Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 29 salaries.

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Key Stats for Master Control Operator

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
10%

Experience Affects Master Control Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲17%

▲4%

▲1%

National Average
$32,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Master Control Operator Salaries

Systems Computer/Console Operations
▲6%


National Average
$32,000


▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 15%