Camera Operator, Television, Video, and Motion Picture Salary in Sector of Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

The salary statistics of camera operators, television, video, and motion picture in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare camera operator, television, video, and motion picture salaries in different industries within the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector.

Average Annual Salary of Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,440
25th Percentile Wage
$40,760
50th Percentile Wage
$56,860
75th Percentile Wage
$83,530
90th Percentile Wage
$155,280

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for camera operators, television, video, and motion picture in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) camera operators, television, video, and motion picture is $155,280. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $56,860. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid camera operators, television, video, and motion picture is $27,440.

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 in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2017
$56,860
11.85% -37.76%
2016
$50,120
8.28% -
2015
$45,970
-6.37% -
2014
$48,900
-60.18% -
2013
$78,330
- -

Compare Camera Operator, Television, Video, and Motion Picture Salary in Different Industries within the Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Sector

The average salaries of camera operators, television, video, and motion picture in five industries in the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for camera operator, television, video, and motion picture occupations is the promoters of performing arts, sports, and similar events industry with an annual salary $58,980. The lowest paying industry is the amusement, gambling, and recreation industries industry (annual salary $23,040). For detailed camera operator, television, video, and motion picture salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$58,980
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$57,580
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$50,800
Spectator Sports
$41,560
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$23,040

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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