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

The highest paying states 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 states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $89,680, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for camera operators, television, video, and motion picture. It is followed by New York (average annual salary $75,820). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of camera operators, television, video, and motion picture in a specific state, use the links in the table.

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

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 District of Columbia
$89,680
$57,840 610
2 New York
$75,820
$37,280 1,680
3 New Mexico
$72,930
$26,140 50
4 California
$66,010
$32,740 5,750
5 Washington
$61,380
$36,320 310
6 Connecticut
$60,900
$28,520 390
7 Massachusetts
$59,000
$24,940 530
8 Georgia
$58,430
$22,240 840
9 Alaska
$56,720
$24,080 30
10 Colorado
$55,500
$29,600 460
11 Oregon
$55,340
$23,740 150
12 Virginia
$54,410
$23,790 330
13 New Jersey
$53,640
$28,950 340
14 Ohio
$53,120
$24,740 460
15 Tennessee
$50,070
$30,740 430
16 Arizona
$49,890
$28,020 280
17 Texas
$49,770
$22,630 1,200
18 Nevada
$49,040
$29,540 460
19 Mississippi
$49,030
$23,370 40
20 Florida
$48,870
$29,080 760
21 Idaho
$48,370
$20,000 90
22 North Carolina
$48,170
$30,060 320
23 Arkansas
$48,070
$25,810 90
24 Maryland
$47,840
$30,780 320
25 Missouri
$47,590
$23,100 150
26 Wyoming
$47,290
$18,390 60
27 Louisiana
$47,290
$26,990 310
28 Wisconsin
$46,510
$23,000 180
29 Hawaii
$46,010
$32,610 150
30 West Virginia
$44,780
$19,360 50
31 Illinois
$44,710
$25,250 660
32 Michigan
$44,470
$23,880 230
33 Pennsylvania
$43,130
$18,500 820
34 Kansas
$43,070
$23,560 120
35 Alabama
$40,810
$23,680 170
36 Puerto Rico
$38,080
$17,730 170
37 Vermont
$36,330
$27,080 80
38 Rhode Island
$36,310
$21,740 30
39 Oklahoma
$36,220
$23,130 230
40 Montana
$35,830
$22,580 90
41 North Dakota
$35,680
$18,720 40
42 Indiana
$35,080
$20,340 360
43 Maine
$33,620
$20,010 120
44 South Carolina
$32,610
$20,740 140
45 Kentucky
$32,170
$19,730 250
46 Nebraska
$31,900
$21,090 100
47 Minnesota
$31,810
$23,050 150
48 Utah
$31,720
$21,310 230
49 Iowa
$30,490
$18,010 50
50 New Hampshire
$28,060
$20,390 130
51 South Dakota
$26,800
$20,740 70
52 Guam
$22,150
$18,180 40
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