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Camera Operator, Television, Video, and Motion Picture Salary Information

The salary statistics of camera operators, television, video, and motion picture are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of camera operators, television, video, and motion picture within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The camera operators, television, video, and motion picture annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Camera Operator, Television, Video, and Motion Picture Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25,580
25th Percentile Wage
$36,530
50th Percentile Wage
$53,550
75th Percentile Wage
$76,980
90th Percentile Wage
$102,980

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for camera operators, television, video, and motion picture. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) camera operators, television, video, and motion picture is $102,980. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $53,550. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,580. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 302% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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 from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$53,550
-2.86% 24.74%
2016
$55,080
10.89% -
2015
$49,080
2.04% -
2014
$48,080
11.54% -
2013
$42,530
5.24% -
2012
$40,300
- -

Table 2. Camera Operator, Television, Video, and Motion Picture Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of camera operators, television, video, and motion picture in 13 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for camera operators, television, video, and motion picture occupations is the transportation and warehousing sector with an annual salary $68,280. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $37,820).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$68,280
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$56,860
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$56,230
Information
$54,500
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$52,600
Federal, State, and Local Government
$51,430
Health Care and Social Assistance
$50,650
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$50,520
Manufacturing
$46,900
Educational Services
$45,780
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$45,610
Wholesale Trade
$40,320
Retail Trade
$37,820

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture by States

From the above tables we note that not only camera operators, television, video, and motion picture salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of camera operators, television, video, and motion picture in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $22,150 to $89,680. The highest paying state for camera operators, television, video, and motion picture is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $89,680. The lowest paying state is Guam with a median annual salary of $22,150. For more salary information of camera operators, television, video, and motion picture profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$89,680
New York
$75,820
New Mexico
$72,930
California
$66,010
Washington
$61,380
Connecticut
$60,900
Massachusetts
$59,000
Georgia
$58,430
Alaska
$56,720
Colorado
$55,500
Oregon
$55,340
Virginia
$54,410
New Jersey
$53,640
Ohio
$53,120
Tennessee
$50,070
Arizona
$49,890
Texas
$49,770
Nevada
$49,040
Mississippi
$49,030
Florida
$48,870
Idaho
$48,370
North Carolina
$48,170
Arkansas
$48,070
Maryland
$47,840
Missouri
$47,590
Wyoming
$47,290
Louisiana
$47,290
Wisconsin
$46,510
Hawaii
$46,010
West Virginia
$44,780
Illinois
$44,710
Michigan
$44,470
Pennsylvania
$43,130
Kansas
$43,070
Alabama
$40,810
Puerto Rico
$38,080
Vermont
$36,330
Rhode Island
$36,310
Oklahoma
$36,220
Montana
$35,830
North Dakota
$35,680
Indiana
$35,080
Maine
$33,620
South Carolina
$32,610
Kentucky
$32,170
Nebraska
$31,900
Minnesota
$31,810
Utah
$31,720
Iowa
$30,490
New Hampshire
$28,060
South Dakota
$26,800
Guam
$22,150



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