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Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators in California

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Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators in California

Considering a career as a Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operator in California?

1.2% Jobs Projection
$67,510 Median Salary
790 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators in California is growing slower than average.

  • Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators Work in California?

In 2018, there were 4,530 Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators working in the state.

There were 5,750 Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 1,220 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 255 Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators working in it, which means California has more Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators than average.

Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators in CA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for California

Jobs for Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators in this state are growing at a rate of 1.2% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 7.2%.

Job Projections for Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators: Nation vs. CA

California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 790 annual job openings, and 8,400 total jobs in 2026 for Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 2,600 annual jobs and 26,900 total jobs in 2026.

What do Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators ranged from $32,200 to $136,930 with $67,510 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $15.48 to $65.83. The median hourly rate was $32.46.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $31.74 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.72.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators Earnings: CA vs. National Average

Top California Metros for Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,710 $69,170
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 350 $58,020
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 110 $56,000
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 40 $51,800

Top States for Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators Employment

View the list below to see where most Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 4,530 $67,510
New York 2,270 $80,570
Georgia 1,490 $58,480
Texas 1,260 $52,420
Florida 880 $50,420
Pennsylvania 870 $43,180
Nevada 580 $48,030
Massachusetts 530 $38,110
Illinois 520 $43,000
New Jersey 490 $61,990
Tennessee 490 $48,290
Virginia 430 $55,190
Ohio 430 $55,870
Colorado 420 $54,290
District of Columbia 420 $81,420
Indiana 390 $40,050
Maryland 370 $54,120
Connecticut 360 $39,630
North Carolina 330 $50,890
Kentucky 310 $34,420

Below are the states where Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia $81,420
New York $80,570
Oregon $69,200
California $67,510
Washington $64,440
Arkansas $63,420
New Jersey $61,990
Georgia $58,480
Arizona $57,100
Ohio $55,870

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Occupation CA Employment Total
Film and Video Editors 11,380

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