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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 $23.60. Hourly wages typically start from $12.05 and go up to $50.54.

Average Camera Operator Yearly Salary in the United States

Camera Operators earn a median salary of $49,080 per year. Salaries typically start from $25,070 and go up to $105,120.

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Camera Operator Earnings by Seniority

Top End Camera Operator Earnings

The highest earning Camera Operators in the United States earn:

$50.54
an hour
$105,120
per year
Senior Camera Operator Earnings

Senior Camera Operators in the United States earn:

$34.71
an hour
$72,190
per year
Experienced Camera Operator Earnings

Experienced Camera Operators in the United States earn:

$23.60
an hour
$49,080
per year
Junior Camera Operator Earnings

Junior Camera Operators in the United States earn:

$16.44
an hour
$34,200
per year
Starting Camera Operator Earnings

Starting Camera Operators in the United States earn:

$12.05
an hour
$25,070
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Camera Operator salary comparison

Camera Operators earn less than 77% percent of Film & Television careers. Camera Operator salaries are in the bottom 56% of all careers in the United States.

Filmmaker Salary $69k
News Anchor Salary $65k
Talent Agent Salary $64k
Film and Video Editor Salary $61k
Television Writer Salary $60k
Court Reporter Salary $49k
Camera Operator Salary $49k
Model Maker Salary $33k
Announcer Salary $30k
Motion Picture Projectionist Salary $21k

Historical salary for Camera Operators in the United States

Camera Operator salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Camera Operator Salary in New York $30.79 $64,040 # 1
Camera Operator Salary in District of Columbia $42.65 $88,710 # 2
Camera Operator Salary in Connecticut $29.28 $60,900 # 3
Camera Operator Salary in California $28.61 $59,500 # 4
Camera Operator Salary in Oregon $28.36 $58,990 # 5
Camera Operator Salary in New Mexico $30.98 $64,430 # 6
Camera Operator Salary in Mississippi $24.91 $51,820 # 7
Camera Operator Salary in Hawaii $30.40 $63,230 # 8
Camera Operator Salary in Virginia $24.25 $50,450 # 9
Camera Operator Salary in Idaho $23.25 $48,370 # 10
Camera Operator Salary in Georgia $26.75 $55,640 # 11
Camera Operator Salary in Texas $22.85 $47,540 # 12
Camera Operator Salary in New Jersey $21.43 $44,580 # 13
Camera Operator Salary in Maryland $23.27 $48,400 # 14
Camera Operator Salary in Michigan $25.04 $52,090 # 15
Camera Operator Salary in Massachusetts $20.99 $43,650 # 16
Camera Operator Salary in Tennessee $21.15 $43,990 # 17
Camera Operator Salary in Florida $22.37 $46,530 # 18
Camera Operator Salary in Washington $23.18 $48,220 # 19
Camera Operator Salary in Arkansas $23.71 $49,310 # 20
Camera Operator Salary in Missouri $22.09 $45,950 # 21
Camera Operator Salary in Illinois $20.29 $42,210 # 22
Camera Operator Salary in South Carolina $18.73 $38,960 # 23
Camera Operator Salary in Wyoming $21.83 $45,400 # 24
Camera Operator Salary in Ohio $21.84 $45,440 # 25
Camera Operator Salary in Arizona $20.03 $41,650 # 26
Camera Operator Salary in Louisiana $20.44 $42,520 # 27
Camera Operator Salary in North Carolina $17.86 $37,160 # 28
Camera Operator Salary in Utah $16.82 $34,990 # 29
Camera Operator Salary in Alabama $18.44 $38,340 # 30
Camera Operator Salary in Pennsylvania $18.75 $39,000 # 31
Camera Operator Salary in Iowa $14.59 $30,350 # 32
Camera Operator Salary in Montana $18.10 $37,640 # 33
Camera Operator Salary in Wisconsin $15.69 $32,630 # 34
Camera Operator Salary in Minnesota $17.45 $36,300 # 35
Camera Operator Salary in Indiana $17.48 $36,360 # 36
Camera Operator Salary in Nebraska $18.51 $38,510 # 37
Camera Operator Salary in Oklahoma $16.08 $33,440 # 38
Camera Operator Salary in Kansas $15.50 $32,240 # 39
Camera Operator Salary in West Virginia $15.54 $32,320 # 40
Camera Operator Salary in New Hampshire $18.18 $37,820 # 41
Camera Operator Salary in North Dakota $15.31 $31,840 # 42
Camera Operator Salary in Kentucky $16.51 $34,340 # 43
Camera Operator Salary in Vermont $15.82 $32,910 # 44
Camera Operator Salary in Maine $13.07 $27,190 # 45
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

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