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Highest Paying Cities for Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture

The top 100 highest paying cities for camera operators, television, video, and motion picture (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of camera operators, television, video, and motion picture in those cities are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with a annual salary of $89,200, Camden, New Jersey is the highest paying city for camera operators, television, video, and motion picture. It is followed by Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia (average annual salary $87,640). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1]. For more salary information of camera operators, television, video, and motion picture in a specific city, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Cities/Areas for Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture

Rank City/Area Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Camden, New Jersey
$89,200
30
2 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$87,640
830
3 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$85,110
930
4 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan
$68,040
180
5 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$67,570
220
6 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$67,400
220
7 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$65,380
6,110
8 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$64,310
240
9 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida
$64,270
280
10 Honolulu, Hawaii
$63,890
120
11 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$63,150
320
12 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$63,120
70
13 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut
$62,060
280
14 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California
$61,660
30
15 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$60,890
320
16 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$60,840
230
17 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$58,810
1,510
18 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$58,520
430
19 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$58,270
3,660
20 Fresno, California
$57,370
40
21 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
$57,010
100
22 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Michigan
$56,760
180
23 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$56,130
70
24 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas
$55,980
50
25 Spokane, Washington
$55,350
70
26 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$54,840
90
27 Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas
$54,280
190
28 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$54,100
430
29 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia
$53,870
30
30 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
$53,720
130
31 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida
$53,340
440
32 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$53,090
370
33 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$52,850
350
34 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
$52,250
350
35 Jacksonville, Florida
$52,150
50
36 Nassau-Suffolk, New York
$51,870
50
37 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, South Carolina
$51,800
100
38 Columbus, Ohio
$51,770
180
39 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$50,850
290
40 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$50,090
160
41 Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island
$49,930
40
42 Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio
$49,620
60
43 Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Arizona
$49,170
250
44 Montgomery, Alabama
$49,060
50
45 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio
$49,040
100
46 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin
$48,950
70
47 Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana
$48,740
50
48 Memphis, Tennessee
$48,540
50
49 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$48,520
40
50 Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$47,260
90
51 Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada
$47,250
430
52 Springfield, Massachusetts
$46,980
70
53 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$45,930
1,490
54 St Louis, Missouri
$45,550
110
55 Richmond, Virginia
$45,350
80
56 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$45,260
330
57 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$45,190
130
58 Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Florida
$44,380
80
59 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania
$43,820
30
60 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee
$43,770
210
61 Eugene-Springfield, Oregon
$43,740
40
62 Kansas City, Missouri
$43,540
80
63 Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska
$43,200
50
64 West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Florida
$41,620
70
65 Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
$41,560
60
66 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$41,290
140
67 Madison, Wisconsin
$41,250
40
68 Tallahassee, Florida
$40,440
40
69 Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama
$40,020
60
70 Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
$39,600
120
71 Albuquerque, New Mexico
$39,180
60
72 Dayton, Ohio
$39,180
40
73 New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, Louisiana
$38,340
180
74 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$37,870
280
75 Tulsa, Oklahoma
$37,210
50
76 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$37,020
70
77 Indianapolis-Carmel, Indiana
$36,870
130
78 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
$36,830
30
79 Salt Lake City, Utah
$36,680
140
80 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida
$36,300
140
81 Buffalo-Niagara Falls, New York
$36,230
30
82 San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas
$35,350
110
83 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
$34,770
120
84 Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pennsylvania
$34,040
30
85 San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
$30,910
140
86 Wichita, Kansas
$29,270
40
87 Modesto, California
$29,260
n/a
88 Sioux Falls, South Dakota
$29,150
60
89 Lake County-Kenosha County, Wisconsin
$28,500
n/a
90 Toledo, Ohio
$27,860
30
91 Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine
$25,160
60
92 Green Bay, Wisconsin
$24,380
30
93 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida
$23,860
50
94 Greensboro-High Point, North Carolina
$23,470
30
95 Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
$22,720
40
96 South Illinois nonmetropolitan area, Illinois
$21,840
40
97 Evansville, Kentucky
$20,230
40
98 Tyler, Texas
$19,140
30
99 Winston-Salem, North Carolina
$19,070
50
100 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$18,960
150
See also: Highest paying industries for camera operators, television, video, and motion picture.