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How much does a Camera Operator make in the United States?

Average Camera Operator Hourly Wage in the United States

Camera Operators earn a median hourly wage of $26.48. Hourly wages typically start from $12.95 and go up to $52.50.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average Camera Operator Yearly Salary in the United States

Camera Operators earn a median salary of $55,080 per year. Salaries typically start from $26,940 and go up to $109,200.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Employment Type Mix

26%
Full-Time
74%
Part-Time

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Salary Satisfaction

3.0
SCORE
212
RATINGS
Camera Operators average a score of 3.0 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Camera Operators in the 46th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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Camera Operator Earnings by Seniority

Top End Camera Operator Earnings

The highest earning Camera Operators in the United States earn:

$52.50
an hour
$109,200
per year
Senior Camera Operator Earnings

Senior Camera Operators in the United States earn:

$37.21
an hour
$77,410
per year
Experienced Camera Operator Earnings

Experienced Camera Operators in the United States earn:

$26.48
an hour
$55,080
per year
Junior Camera Operator Earnings

Junior Camera Operators in the United States earn:

$18.06
an hour
$37,570
per year
Starting Camera Operator Earnings

Starting Camera Operators in the United States earn:

$12.95
an hour
$26,940
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Camera Operator salary comparison

Camera Operators earn less than 69% percent of Film & Television careers. Camera Operator salaries are in the top 62% of all careers in the United States.

Filmmaker Salary $70k
News Anchor Salary $65k
Talent Agent Salary $64k
Film and Video Editor Salary $62k
Television Writer Salary $61k
Camera Operator Salary $55k
Court Reporter Salary $51k
Model Maker Salary $40k
Announcer Salary $31k
Motion Picture Projectionist Salary $22k
Source:

Historical salary for Camera Operators in the United States

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Camera Operator salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Camera Operator Salary in District of Columbia $42.33 $88,050 # 1
Camera Operator Salary in New York $34.53 $71,830 # 2
Camera Operator Salary in California $31.24 $64,980 # 3
Camera Operator Salary in Oregon $26.45 $55,020 # 4
Camera Operator Salary in Washington $31.24 $64,990 # 5
Camera Operator Salary in Colorado $28.56 $59,410 # 6
Camera Operator Salary in New Jersey $25.58 $53,200 # 7
Camera Operator Salary in Massachusetts $27.40 $56,990 # 8
Camera Operator Salary in New Mexico $31.33 $65,180 # 9
Camera Operator Salary in Michigan $24.85 $51,680 # 10
Camera Operator Salary in Virginia $24.98 $51,950 # 11
Camera Operator Salary in Texas $24.05 $50,020 # 12
Camera Operator Salary in Missouri $26.33 $54,770 # 13
Camera Operator Salary in North Carolina $22.40 $46,600 # 14
Camera Operator Salary in Florida $22.87 $47,570 # 15
Camera Operator Salary in Georgia $24.97 $51,940 # 16
Camera Operator Salary in Maryland $23.03 $47,910 # 17
Camera Operator Salary in Arizona $22.26 $46,300 # 18
Camera Operator Salary in Arkansas $23.11 $48,070 # 19
Camera Operator Salary in Louisiana $21.15 $44,000 # 20
Camera Operator Salary in West Virginia $24.83 $51,650 # 21
Camera Operator Salary in Illinois $22.43 $46,660 # 22
Camera Operator Salary in Mississippi $24.47 $50,890 # 23
Camera Operator Salary in Wyoming $22.88 $47,590 # 24
Camera Operator Salary in Tennessee $21.19 $44,080 # 25
Camera Operator Salary in South Carolina $15.68 $32,610 # 26
Camera Operator Salary in Ohio $23.79 $49,470 # 27
Camera Operator Salary in Utah $17.38 $36,150 # 28
Camera Operator Salary in Alabama $20.13 $41,880 # 29
Camera Operator Salary in Wisconsin $17.42 $36,230 # 30
Camera Operator Salary in Pennsylvania $19.41 $40,370 # 31
Camera Operator Salary in Kansas $19.34 $40,220 # 32
Camera Operator Salary in Indiana $17.29 $35,960 # 33
Camera Operator Salary in Oklahoma $17.04 $35,440 # 34
Camera Operator Salary in New Hampshire $20.60 $42,850 # 35
Camera Operator Salary in Minnesota $16.52 $34,350 # 36
Camera Operator Salary in Iowa $14.39 $29,920 # 37
Camera Operator Salary in Kentucky $15.87 $33,010 # 38
Camera Operator Salary in North Dakota $14.87 $30,930 # 39
Camera Operator Salary in Nebraska $14.77 $30,720 # 40
Camera Operator Salary in Vermont $16.23 $33,750 # 41
Camera Operator Salary in Montana $15.93 $33,140 # 42
Camera Operator Salary in South Dakota $14.31 $29,770 # 43
Camera Operator Salary in Maine $13.36 $27,780 # 44
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
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