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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,940
25th Percentile Wage
$37,570
50th Percentile Wage
$55,080
75th Percentile Wage
$77,410
90th Percentile Wage
$109,200

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 $109,200. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $55,080. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,940. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 305% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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 from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201655,08010.89%26.83%
201549,0802.04%-
201448,08011.54%-
201342,5305.24%-
201240,300--

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 10 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 administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector with an annual salary $59,690. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $36,680).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$59,690
Information
$56,510
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$53,800
Federal, State, and Local Government
$52,770
Manufacturing
$51,430
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$50,120
Health Care and Social Assistance
$49,240
Educational Services
$44,060
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$44,040
Retail Trade
$36,680

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 $88,050. The highest paying state for camera operators, television, video, and motion picture is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $88,050. 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
$88,050
New York
$71,830
New Mexico
$65,180
Washington
$64,990
California
$64,980
Hawaii
$63,230
Connecticut
$60,900
Colorado
$59,410
Massachusetts
$56,990
Oregon
$55,020
Missouri
$54,770
New Jersey
$53,200
Virginia
$51,950
Georgia
$51,940
Michigan
$51,680
West Virginia
$51,650
Mississippi
$50,890
Rhode Island
$50,370
Texas
$50,020
Ohio
$49,470
Idaho
$48,370
Arkansas
$48,070
Maryland
$47,910
Florida
$47,570
Illinois
$46,660
North Carolina
$46,600
Arizona
$46,300
Tennessee
$44,080
Louisiana
$44,000
New Hampshire
$42,850
Alabama
$41,880
Pennsylvania
$40,370
Kansas
$40,220
Nevada
$36,960
Wisconsin
$36,230
Utah
$36,150
Indiana
$35,960
Oklahoma
$35,440
Minnesota
$34,350
Vermont
$33,750
Montana
$33,140
South Carolina
$32,610
North Dakota
$30,930
Nebraska
$30,720
Iowa
$29,920
South Dakota
$29,770
Puerto Rico
$28,670
Maine
$27,780
Guam
$22,150



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