Camera operator earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Camera operator salary by state

State Name Average Salary
New York $80,570
California $67,510
Arkansas $63,420
District of Columbia $81,420
Oregon $69,200
Texas $57,360
Hawaii $59,780
Washington $64,440
Georgia $59,110
New Jersey $61,990
Pennsylvania $46,350
Michigan $53,120
Maryland $54,120
North Carolina $50,890
Arizona $52,259
Nevada $49,770
Ohio $55,870
Virginia $55,190
Colorado $54,290
Illinois $44,589
Massachusetts $38,110
Tennessee $48,290
Utah $52,440
Florida $50,420
Missouri $47,280
Connecticut $39,630
South Carolina $29,510
Louisiana $41,250
West Virginia $39,120
Oklahoma $38,350
Minnesota $40,900
Indiana $38,729
Alabama $48,350
Puerto Rico $43,650
Kansas $44,510
North Dakota $41,120
Iowa $36,690
Wisconsin $42,550
Kentucky $37,402
Vermont $36,950
Maine $35,950
Montana $32,480
New Hampshire $27,450
South Dakota $28,830

How do camera operator salaries compare to similar careers?

Camera operators earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than cinematographers but more than photojournalists.

Career Median Salary
Cinematographer salary $40K
Illustrator salary $49K
Court reporter salary $57K
Exhibit designer salary $54K
Sports broadcaster salary $40K
Camera operator salary $50K
Interior designer salary $52K
Gaffer salary $36K
Model maker salary $53K
Photojournalist salary $36K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)