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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
216
RATINGS
Camera Operators average a score of 3.0 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Camera Operators in the 45th 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 bottom 72% 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
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Historical salary for Camera Operators in the United States

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

Camera Operator salary by state

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