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Working as a Motion Picture Operator

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a motion picture operator. For example, did you know that they make an average of $39.23 an hour? That's $81,590 a year!

What Does a Motion Picture Operator Do

There are certain skills that many motion picture operators have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed other_1, speaking skills and physical stamina.

How To Become a Motion Picture Operator

If you're interested in becoming a motion picture operator, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 64.3% of motion picture operators have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 7.1% of motion picture operators have master's degrees. Even though most motion picture operators have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a motion picture operator. When we researched the most common majors for a motion picture operator, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or high school diploma degrees. Other degrees that we often see on motion picture operator resumes include associate degree degrees or master's degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a motion picture operator. In fact, many motion picture operator jobs require experience in a role such as video editor. Meanwhile, many motion picture operators also have previous career experience in roles such as master control operator or executive administrative assistant.

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Average Salary$81,590

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Motion Picture Operator Demographics

Gender

male

69.0%

female

27.6%

unknown

3.4%

Ethnicity

White

60.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

11.5%

Foreign Languages Spoken

Mandarin

33.3%

French

33.3%

Cantonese

33.3%
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Motion Picture Operator Education

Degrees

Bachelors

64.3%

High School Diploma

14.3%

Associate

14.3%

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Top Motion Picture Operator Employers

1. Kodak
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$67,785
Motion Picture Operators Hired: 
2+
2. San Bernardino County Fire
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$37,954
Motion Picture Operators Hired: 
1+
3. Security Industry Specialists
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$36,041
Motion Picture Operators Hired: 
1+
4. Camp Systems International
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$39,419
Motion Picture Operators Hired: 
1+
5. WANDA CINEMA LINE
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$60,203
Motion Picture Operators Hired: 
1+
6. Phoenix Suns
3.7
Avg. Salary: 
$52,492
Motion Picture Operators Hired: 
1+

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Updated October 2, 2020