Salary for Camera Operators (Television, Video, and Motion Picture)

Also known as:  Cinematographer, Electronic News Gathering Camera Operator, Motion Picture Camera Operator, Movie Shot Camera Operator, News Camera Operator, News Videographer, Television Camera Operator, Video Camera Operator

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Television, video and motion picture camera operators operate cameras for the production of live and pre-recorded programming, and films. They control numerous aspects of the filming process, including the composition, framing, lighting, and focus of shots. These professionals may consult with directors, technicians, electricians and numerous other crew members in order to achive the director's desired effects. They may edit some film or video, and are often responsible for the maintenance and repair of cameras and related equipment. Additionally, these professionals may be required to operate cameras, photoprinters and other devices to create special effects and produce still images as needed. A high school diploma or the equivalent is the minimum education requirement for this occupation.

A Camera Operator, Television, Video, or Motion Picture earns average salaries between 32000 and 48000 based on seniority. Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture usually receive a compensation of Forty Eight Thousand Three Hundred dollars on an annual basis.

Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture can expect the highest salaries in Oregon, where they can receive average pay levels of approximately $73890. Employees who work in this job are compensated highest in Public Administration, where they receive a compensation of $64340.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 15.76 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Camera Operators (Television, Video, and Motion Picture) tend to make the most in the following industries
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $64,340
Public Administration $53,860
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $48,650
Information $48,230
Manufacturing $45,020
Educational Services $43,490
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $38,790
Retail Trade $39,470
Health Care and Social Assistance $41,440
Other Services (except Public Administration) $42,820
Educational Services $43,490
Manufacturing $45,020
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