How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Cameraman?
Cameramen are the members of a film crew that capture the magic of your project. Whether you’re filming your employees for a training video or capturing an aerial view of your business, camera operators are almost always needed for corporate video production. But there are a myriad of factors that affect the cost to hire a cameraman. Generally, the equipment used, the length of time they’re filming, and the experience of the cameraman will all affect how much you pay.
For example, a camera operator that’s new in the field will charge less than a seasoned operator. That may result in a $500 difference in day rates. Additionally, rates are based on the industry standard 10-hour day, any overtime hours costs roughly 1.5 times the hourly rate unless negotiations were made. Regardless, the cost to hire a cameraman will be affected by many variables. Let’s take a closer look at freelance cinematographer prices.
Camera Crew Rates
General camera crew rates are going to depend on what type of video you’re creating. No matter what type of video you’re looking to build, it’s best to utilize a camera crew for at least half a day, though a full day with a camera crew is recommended. This allows the production crew to take their time, capturing several takes for your video and precisely editing the footage. Camera crew rates are displayed in the pricing sheet below. We recommend taking a look at this pricing guide while budgeting for your upcoming production.
Camera Crew Pricing Guide:
- Director of Photography Day Rate: $1,500 to $2,500
- Camera Operator Day Rate: $850 to $1250
- Digital Image Technician Day Rate: $500 to $750
- Gaffer/Key Grip Day Rate: $500 to $600
- Grip/Electric Day Rate: $400 to $500
- Swing Day Rate: $350 to $500
- Sound Recordist Day Rate: $900-$1200
Behind the scenes camera crew in action
Hourly Rate for a Cameraman
Video cameraman rates will be adjusted based on the needs of your project. If your video requires footage from multiple cameramen, the hourly rate could triple. But that all depends on what your video requires. Camera hire prices will vary depending on what your project entails. Below you’ll find a pricing sheet displaying average hourly rates of cameramen, as well as other video production services. Feel free to take a look at the pricing guide – We hope it helps you understand the cost to hire a cameraman, to better build your budget!
Video Production Pricing per Hour:
- Video Director: $25/hour to $250/hour
- Script Writer/Marketer: $60/hour to $150/hour
- Video Editor: $60/hour to $175/hour
- Cameramen: $25/hour to $400/hour
- Actors/Presenters: $50/hour to $500/hour
- Equipment: $25/hour to $100’s/hour
- Studio Shooting: $100/hour to $400/hour
- Narrators/Voiceovers: $100 to $400
- Audio Files: $30 to $1,000
- Video Rendering: $30/hour to $75/hour
- B-Roll: 10% to 50% addition to shooting costs
- ‘Miscellaneous Fees’: $100 to $1000’s
Local Videographer Rates
We wish we could provide you with specific rates because we know that’d make the budgeting process a lot easier. But each project is unique, so the equipment cameramen use, and the length of time they need to film, is something we can identify after discussing your project. The best way to find out local videographer rates is to talk about your upcoming project with a seasoned production company – and that’s where we can help you out!
Beverly Boy Camera crew
At Beverly Boy Productions, we know that your project may only require standard-definition footage vs. high definition. We can create a top-quality video with standard-definition cameras, saving you money in the long run. But if your budget permits, we can create a top-notch brand video filmed with Canon or Sony cameras. So when it comes to the cost to hire a cameraman for your shoot, It all depends on what you want to do!
Whatever your project entails, we can make it happen. To see what we can do for your business, give us a call today. We look forward to working with you!
Cameraman and crew in action