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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 $23.12. Hourly wages typically start from $11.36 and go up to $45.75.

Average Camera Operator Yearly Salary in the United States

Camera Operators earn a median salary of $48,080 per year. Salaries typically start from $23,620 and go up to $95,160.

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Camera Operator Earnings by Seniority

Top End Camera Operator Earnings

The highest earning Camera Operators in the United States earn:

$45.75
an hour
$95,160
per year
Senior Camera Operator Earnings

Senior Camera Operators in the United States earn:

$32.91
an hour
$68,440
per year
Experienced Camera Operator Earnings

Experienced Camera Operators in the United States earn:

$23.12
an hour
$48,080
per year
Junior Camera Operator Earnings

Junior Camera Operators in the United States earn:

$15.80
an hour
$32,860
per year
Starting Camera Operator Earnings

Starting Camera Operators in the United States earn:

$11.36
an hour
$23,620
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 65% of all careers in the United States.

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Television Writer Salary $58k
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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 $28.50 $59,290 # 1
Camera Operator Salary in District of Columbia $33.40 $69,480 # 2
Camera Operator Salary in California $27.92 $58,070 # 3
Camera Operator Salary in Maryland $26.49 $55,090 # 4
Camera Operator Salary in Georgia $28.67 $59,640 # 5
Camera Operator Salary in Michigan $26.60 $55,320 # 6
Camera Operator Salary in New Jersey $20.95 $43,580 # 7
Camera Operator Salary in Alaska $27.27 $56,720 # 8
Camera Operator Salary in Hawaii $27.68 $57,580 # 9
Camera Operator Salary in Massachusetts $23.37 $48,610 # 10
Camera Operator Salary in Virginia $24.94 $51,870 # 11
Camera Operator Salary in Oregon $23.27 $48,390 # 12
Camera Operator Salary in Idaho $21.47 $44,670 # 13
Camera Operator Salary in Colorado $25.17 $52,360 # 14
Camera Operator Salary in Tennessee $21.26 $44,230 # 15
Camera Operator Salary in New Mexico $19.56 $40,680 # 16
Camera Operator Salary in Texas $21.35 $44,400 # 17
Camera Operator Salary in Illinois $20.15 $41,920 # 18
Camera Operator Salary in Florida $20.63 $42,920 # 19
Camera Operator Salary in Missouri $20.55 $42,750 # 20
Camera Operator Salary in Washington $20.99 $43,660 # 21
Camera Operator Salary in Arkansas $24.40 $50,750 # 22
Camera Operator Salary in Utah $20.98 $43,640 # 23
Camera Operator Salary in Louisiana $20.66 $42,970 # 24
Camera Operator Salary in Arizona $20.34 $42,320 # 25
Camera Operator Salary in Pennsylvania $19.20 $39,930 # 26
Camera Operator Salary in Ohio $18.88 $39,270 # 27
Camera Operator Salary in Iowa $14.97 $31,140 # 28
Camera Operator Salary in West Virginia $16.41 $34,140 # 29
Camera Operator Salary in Minnesota $19.59 $40,740 # 30
Camera Operator Salary in Kansas $16.28 $33,860 # 31
Camera Operator Salary in Nebraska $18.54 $38,560 # 32
Camera Operator Salary in Montana $18.61 $38,710 # 33
Camera Operator Salary in South Carolina $14.72 $30,610 # 34
Camera Operator Salary in Wyoming $19.99 $41,570 # 35
Camera Operator Salary in Oklahoma $14.32 $29,790 # 36
Camera Operator Salary in New Hampshire $16.56 $34,450 # 37
Camera Operator Salary in Indiana $16.28 $33,860 # 38
Camera Operator Salary in Kentucky $16.41 $34,130 # 39
Camera Operator Salary in Wisconsin $15.52 $32,280 # 40
Camera Operator Salary in Alabama $15.20 $31,610 # 41
Camera Operator Salary in North Carolina $14.75 $30,670 # 42
Camera Operator Salary in Vermont $15.65 $32,550 # 43
Camera Operator Salary in North Dakota $14.09 $29,310 # 44
Camera Operator Salary in South Dakota $12.73 $26,480 # 45
Camera Operator Salary in Maine $12.41 $25,810 # 46
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

How to Become a Camera Operator

Interested in becoming a camera operator? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good camera operator? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

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  2. Get the Education

    A certificate or associates degree is required to be a Camera Operator. A film video and photographic arts degree is preferred.

  3. Get Hired

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    Would you like to post jobs on this career? Find the best candidates using Sokanu's new psychometric job platform. Visit employers.sokanu.com today.