NFL Cameraman Salary

by Chris Newton; Updated September 26, 2017

An NFL cameraman operates television cameras to record NFL football television broadcasts. They compose and frame each shot of the game by adjusting the positions of the camera for live broadcasting. The job of NFL cameraman falls under the broader career category of "camera operators, television, video and motion picture." Salaries vary by experience and are reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and ONet Online.

Hourly Wage

The national mean hourly wage for camera operators, television, video and motion pictures was $23.29 in 2010, according to the BLS. The median hourly wage was $19.42. The lowest paid 10 percent earned an hourly wage of $9.76 or less, while the lowest paid 25 percent earned an hourly wage of $13.58 or less. The highest paid 25 percent earned an hourly wage of $28.06 or more, and the highest paid 10 percent earned an hourly wage of $39.07. Because of the large viewing audience and popularity of the NFL, cameramen who shoot NFL games can expect salaries on the higher end of this range.

Annual Wage

According to May 2010 BLS reports, the national mean annual wage for camera operators, television, video and motion pictures was $48,450 in 2010. The median salary was $40,390. The lowest paid 10 percent earned an annual wage of $20,300, while the lowest paid 25 percent earned an annual wage of $28,240. The highest 25 percent earned an annual wage of $58,360 or more, and the highest paid 10 percent earned an annual wage of $81,270 or more.

Industry

The salary for camera operators, television, video and motion pictures varies by industry. NFL cameramen are in the radio and television broadcasting industry, which held the highest employment level in May 2010, with an estimated 6,550 jobs, according to the BLS. The estimated hourly mean wage for cameramen in this industry was $20.01 in 2010, and the annual mean wage was $41,630.

Geographical Location

The salary for camera operators, television, video and motion pictures varies by the geographical location of employment. California held the highest level of employment for this occupation in 2010, with an estimated 3,260 jobs that year, according to the BLS. NFL cameramen in the state of California earned an hourly mean wage of $29.59 and an annual mean wage of $61,540. Washington D.C. was the top-paying area for this occupation in 2010, with an hourly mean wage of $31.85 and an annual mean wage of $66,250. Massachusetts was also a top-paying state for TV cameramen, with an hourly mean wage of $31.48 and an annual mean wage of $65,470. All of these locations have NFL teams.

About the Author

Chris Newton has worked as a professional writer since 2001. He spent two years writing software specifications then spent three years as a technical writer for Microsoft before turning to copywriting for software and e-commerce companies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing from the University of Colorado.