Camera Operator, Television, Video, and Motion Picture Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for camera operators, television, video, and motion picture in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of camera operators, television, video, and motion picture among California areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,740
25th Percentile Wage
$42,770
50th Percentile Wage
$66,010
75th Percentile Wage
$89,900
90th Percentile Wage
$132,520

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for camera operators, television, video, and motion picture in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $132,520. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $66,010. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,740.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of camera operators, television, video, and motion picture from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$66,010
1.56% 23.97%
2016
$64,980
8.43% -
2015
$59,500
2.40% -
2014
$58,070
14.53% -
2013
$49,630
-1.13% -
2012
$50,190
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of camera operators, television, video, and motion picture in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of camera operators, television, video, and motion picture in state of California ranges from $28,450 to $67,120. The highest paying area for camera operators, television, video, and motion picture in California is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale with a median annual salary of $67,120. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $63,680). The lowest paying area is Santa Rosa-Petaluma with a median annual salary of $28,450.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$67,120
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$63,680
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$61,660
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$60,380
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$59,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$58,270
Fresno
$57,370
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$56,990
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$56,820
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$48,640
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$48,520
Bakersfield-Delano
$33,950
Modesto
$29,260
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$28,450




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