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 amongst California metropolitan 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,780
25th Percentile Wage
$47,740
50th Percentile Wage
$64,980
75th Percentile Wage
$87,170
90th Percentile Wage
$132,100

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 $132,100. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $64,980. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,780.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$16.72
25th Percentile Wage
$22.95
50th Percentile Wage
$31.24
75th Percentile Wage
$41.91
90th Percentile Wage
$63.51

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for camera operators, television, video, and motion picture in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $63.51. The median hourly salary is $31.24. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16.72.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of camera operators, television, video, and motion picture from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201664,9808.43%22.76%
201559,5002.40%-
201458,07014.53%-
201349,630-1.13%-
201250,190--

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 $29,260 to $65,380. 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 $65,380. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville (mean annual salary $63,120). The lowest paying area is Modesto with a median annual salary of $29,260.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$65,380
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$63,120
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$61,660
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$60,890
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$60,840
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$58,270
Fresno
$57,370
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$56,130
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$50,090
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$48,520
Modesto
$29,260



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