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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,070
25th Percentile Wage
$39,170
50th Percentile Wage
$58,210
75th Percentile Wage
$85,470
90th Percentile Wage
$141,520

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 $141,520. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $58,210. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,070. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 404% 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 television, video, and motion picture camera operators and editors from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$58,210
-1.43% 20.49%
2016
$59,040
5.59% -
2015
$55,740
5.87% -
2014
$52,470
8.04% -
2013
$48,250
4.08% -
2012
$46,280
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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 15 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 transportation and warehousing sector with an annual salary $68,280. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $39,820).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$68,280
Finance and Insurance
$66,210
Information
$59,600
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$57,900
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$54,750
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$53,910
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$53,850
Health Care and Social Assistance
$52,480
Federal, State, and Local Government
$51,430
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$48,700
Manufacturing
$47,870
Educational Services
$47,530
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$45,800
Wholesale Trade
$43,510
Retail Trade
$39,820



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