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
$28,190
25th Percentile Wage
$38,670
50th Percentile Wage
$50,120
75th Percentile Wage
$69,370
90th Percentile Wage
$117,720

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 $117,720. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $50,120. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid camera operators, television, video, and motion picture is $28,190.

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 in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation from 2012 to 2016. Note that there is no salary data for some years between 2012 and 2016.

YearMedian Salary Growth3-Year Growth
201650,1208.28%-56.28%
201545,970-6.37%-
201448,900-60.18%-
201378,330--

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 three 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 independent artists, writers, and performers industry with an annual salary $50,800. The lowest paying industry is the spectator sports industry (annual salary $38,070). 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
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$50,800
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$50,290
Spectator Sports
$38,070

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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