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

The top 68 highest paying industries 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 in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $86,250, independent artists, writers, and performers is the highest paying industry for camera operators, television, video, and motion picture. It is followed by temporary help services industry (average annual salary $63,400). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of camera operators, television, video, and motion picture in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 68 Highest Paying Industries for Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$86,250
200
2 Temporary Help Services
$63,400
230
3 Federal government, including USPS
$63,390
380
4 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$63,390
380
5 Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned
$61,590
40
6 Business Schools and Computer and Management Training
$61,590
40
7 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$60,600
160
8 Employment Services
$60,280
300
9 Photographic Services
$58,490
290
10 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$57,230
280
11 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$55,660
320
12 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$55,090
750
13 Federal, State, and Local Government
$55,090
750
14 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$54,720
160
15 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$54,510
650
16 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$54,410
170
17 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$53,940
1,140
18 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$52,840
7,760
19 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$52,800
7,780
20 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$51,920
40
21 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$51,000
50
22 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$50,970
490
23 Newspaper Publishers
$50,970
60
24 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$50,670
1,080
25 Manufacturing
$50,570
40
26 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$50,400
30
27 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$50,350
230
28 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$50,240
30
29 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$50,240
30
30 Hospitals - Privately owned
$50,130
40
31 Health Care and Social Assistance
$50,100
50
32 Wholesale Trade
$50,100
50
33 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$48,900
510
34 Information
$47,560
14,470
35 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$47,090
530
36 Administrative and Support Services
$47,080
520
37 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$45,710
50
38 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$44,360
90
39 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$43,590
60
40 Educational Services - Privately owned
$43,580
150
41 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$43,470
70
42 Religious Organizations
$43,240
60
43 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$43,190
90
44 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$42,900
80
45 State government, including schools and hospitals
$42,820
230
46 Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)
$42,640
90
47 Educational Services
$42,210
470
48 Educational Services - Local government owned
$41,830
120
49 Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$41,810
60
50 Educational Services - State government owned
$41,750
200
51 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$41,500
250
52 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$41,440
6,190
53 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$41,400
110
54 Business Support Services
$41,270
200
55 Telecommunications
$40,820
120
56 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$40,630
160
57 Television Broadcasting
$40,210
5,450
58 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$40,090
5,540
59 Junior colleges - Local government owned
$39,760
60
60 Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$38,460
60
61 Nonstore Retailers
$38,460
60
62 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$38,320
100
63 Other Information Services
$37,920
190
64 Retail Trade
$37,710
90
65 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$37,290
480
66 Radio Broadcasting
$36,630
90
67 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$35,930
340
68 Spectator Sports
$35,790
210
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