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

The salary statistics of television, video, and motion picture camera operators and editors are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of television, video, and motion picture camera operators and editors in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of television, video, and motion picture camera operators and editors within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The television, video, and motion picture camera operators and editors 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. Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operator and Editors Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,310
25th Percentile Wage
$38,730
50th Percentile Wage
$59,040
75th Percentile Wage
$89,280
90th Percentile Wage
$143,280

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for television, video, and motion picture camera operators and editors. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) television, video, and motion picture camera operators and editors is $143,280. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $59,040. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,310. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 424% 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 television, video, and motion picture camera operators and editors from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201659,0405.59%21.61%
201555,7405.87%-
201452,4708.04%-
201348,2504.08%-
201246,280--

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

The average salaries of television, video, and motion picture camera operators and editors in 12 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 television, video, and motion picture camera operators and editors occupations is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector with an annual salary $67,020. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $40,200).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$67,020
Information
$60,770
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$53,890
Federal, State, and Local Government
$52,330
Health Care and Social Assistance
$51,030
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$49,330
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$48,520
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$48,100
Educational Services
$46,940
Wholesale Trade
$44,950
Manufacturing
$41,620
Retail Trade
$40,200


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