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Video Production Jobs in California

Whether you want to work on major Hollywood blockbusters, documentaries for leading news outlets, or corporate videos for technology firms, California has video production jobs in all forms of media. Many video production professionals in the state have a varied skillset to help them wade through the competitive job market. On any given job, they might be required to write, produce, direct, edit, or do special effects for their production.

The top ranked schools in California with programs and degrees in video production are University of Southern California (USC, $49,464 per year, out-of-state), American Film Institute (AFI, $47,030 per year, out-of-state), University of California Los Angeles (UCLA, $51,990 per year, out-of-state), and California Institute of the Arts ($43,400 per year, out-of-state), according to rankings published by the Hollywood Reporter and Hack College in 2016.

According to Glassdoor, some of the highest-rated video production companies in California include Twentieth Century Fox (Los Angeles), NBC (Studio City), Disney ABC Television (Burbank), Discovery Communications (Los Angeles), and Netflix (Los Gatos, Beverly Hills).

In California, the most popular video production jobs are Writers, Directors, Editors, Producers, Set Designers, Cinematographers, and Art Directors.

The most popular entry-level job in video production is the production assistant. The production assistant assists the crew with everything from collecting paperwork to wrangling actors. This job allows you to gain experience working on a professional set, and it allows you to network with other crew members. If you perform well, these crew members might bring you onto their future projects. Others start their production careers as assistant editors, editors, or videographers. Editing is a valuable skillset to have, no matter what your career goals are. Any project, no matter how big or small, can fall apart from poor editing. Learning this skill early in your career could pay big dividends down the road and help drive the success of your future projects.

The top states for finding jobs in video production tend to be California and New York, but of the two, California consistently has the highest supply of jobs and highest average wages.

The following are estimates of salaries and wages for video production jobs in California, which were compiled from Salary.com, Glassdoor, and the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Cinematographers and Photographers - $71,000 per year, or $34.13 per hour

Reporter I - $39,000 per year, or $18.75 per hour

Reporter II - $46,000 per year, or $22.12 per hour

Broadcast Technicians - $53,000 per year, or $25.48 per hour

Editors - $109,000 per year, or $52.40 per hour

Senior Videographers - $70,000 per year, or $33.65 per hour

Creative Managers - $97,000 per year, or $46.63 per hour

Set Designers - $75,000 per year, or $36.06 per hour

Producer and Directors - $125,000 per year, or $60.10 per hour

Professionals working in video production in California also tend to work in the following industries, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Online and New Media, Corporate Videos/Presentations, Blog or Vlog Production, Technology-Media Companies, Design, Advertising.


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