Television camera operator - Salary and Career
Motion Capturers

Television camera operator - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They capture images through film and video cameras for the realization of cinematographic, television and multimedia productions, with artistic, journalistic, documentary and advertising content. They capture moving images, visually interpret the script, execute the photographic concept and organize the production of images, constantly dialoguing with the work team.

How much does an Television camera operator earn

A Television camera operator earns between $1.179 and $4.985 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.087 and a median salary of $1.612 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 3.231 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Television camera operator

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.087 25.040 522 11
1º Quartile 1.179 14.153 295 6
Median Salary 1.612 19.344 403 8
3º Quartile 3.802 45.619 950 20
Higher Salary 4.985 59.816 1.246 26


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium-level technicians in cultural, communications and sports services
      • technicians in camera, film and television operation
        • motion capturers

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Main workplaces

Motion Capturers they work in cultural, sports and entertainment activities, in private or public companies, foundations and public administration bodies, as salaried workers (illuminator and camera operator) or on their own (director of photography). The work is carried out as a team, under permanent supervision, in the most diverse environments, at irregular hours. In the exercise of some activities, they may remain in uncomfortable positions for prolonged periods, as well as being exposed to the effects of intense noise, high temperatures, great heights and subject to pressure to meet deadlines.


What does it take to work in the field of Motion Capturers

For the exercise of these occupations, a minimum of high school education and a vocational course of up to two hundred class hours (lighting and TV and video camera operator) and a high school technical course (director of photography) are required. The full performance of activities occurs after three or four years of experience.


Functions and activities of Television camera operator

Motion Capturers must:

  • visually interpret the script;
  • capture moving images;
  • visually interpret the screenplay;
  • communicate;
  • capturing moving images;
  • run concept photography;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • execute photographic concept;
  • organize image production;
  • perform concept photography;
  • execute concept photography;

  • Activities

    • choose bracket and capture camera;
    • talk with sound technicians;
    • lighten scenes;
    • show language skills;
    • understand the project;
    • adjust camera;
    • coordinate camera team;
    • establish camera movement;
    • follow telecine;
    • choose suppliers together with production;
    • dialogue with producers;
    • talk with costume and makeup artist;
    • participate in scheduling;
    • do photo tests;
    • focus images;
    • positioning machinery;
    • talk with art director and set designer;
    • monitor light marking in the laboratory;
    • inform departments of image capture needs;
    • anticipate problems;
    • exercise leadership;
    • demonstrate technical update ability;
    • show ethics in capturing images;
    • propose photographic concept;
    • demonstrate adaptability;
    • demonstrate technical skills;
    • dialogue with tv director;
    • assemble teams (camera, electricity and machinery);
    • position camera according to director's orientation;
    • coordinate machinery team;
    • translate photographic concept into images;
    • dialogue with film or video director;
    • dialogue with art director and set designer;
    • demonstrate sensitivity;
    • talk with the director of the film or video;
    • coordinate electricity team;
    • positioning lighting fixtures;
    • teach photo labs;
    • framing images according to the director's guidance;
    • manage technical limits;
    • participate in rehearsals;
    • define the photographic concept together with the director;
    • demonstrate artistic sense;


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    • building condominiums
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    • radio activities
    • movie studios




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