Tape Operator Salary

The average salary for a Tape Operator in the UK is:


Job profile for a Tape Operator

Video tape (VT) operators work in television production and post-production. They work on a wide range of programmes, including news, live shows and outside broadcasts. VT operators also work in post-production facilities houses, and are sometimes known as technical runners or tape operators. As the industry moves towards digital production, the name and nature of the role may change. VT operators perform a variety of tasks, including preparing tapes and programmes for broadcast or for sale to other countries. Operators may also be required to add inserts, captions and titles, operate slow-motion equipment for action replays, for example during a sports programme, record incoming satellite feeds and keep archives of material. Depending on the project, they may be expected to: - Operate, patch (temporarily connect) and unpatch recording and playback equipment. - Set up and prepare machines for use by editors and clients. - Dub tapes and make copies of programmes. - Digitise material (convert all media into digital form). - Monitor picture and sound quality, ensuring it meets the correct technical specifications. - Edit tapes. - Manage equipment. - Identify and fix faults. - Keep accurate records and label tapes appropriately. VT operators work in studio galleries, editing suites and machine rooms, usually surrounded by large banks of equipment. They must understand how to read oscilloscopes, audio meters, TV and video signals, and know how they work. They also need to understand compression, aspect ratio and standards converters, and be able to use VT recorders (VTRs) in both normal and abnormal settings. VT operators work with a wide range of people, including directors, producers, researchers, vision mixers, sound supervisors, presenters, sales and administrative staff, management and clients. They need to be able to explain technical issues in a clear way to non-technical staff. VT operators often work 12 hour shifts to include weekends and nights. This generally adds up to about 40 hours a week. Most of the time is spent working indoors, in modern, high-tech studios, editing suites and machine rooms. They may also assist on outside broadcasts. The work can be highly pressurised, especially when working on live programmes.

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Tape Operator Salary Comparison

In 2008, the average salary for this job was £30,000.

The average salary in 2010 was £19,000, based on 1 respondents (a difference of 0% from the 2009 figure.

The average salary in 2012 was £15,000, based on 1 respondents (a difference of 0% from the 2011 figure.

The median salary for a Tape Operator based on all salary survey responses is: £17,000

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About the Salary Survey Data in this survey is based on over 368,000 individual salary records. The date period for which job information was gathered varies, but is usually between 2008 - 2012. For precise date related information, custom reports may be ordered with greater granularity. Working 8 hours a day, 250 days of the year, the data suggests the hourly rate for Tape Operator is £8.5.

Tape Operator Salary By UK Region

These figures use non-job specific statistical weighting from our salary data pool and also include for comparison the salaries for a Tape Operator job in US Dollars based on a recent exchante rate (last rate update 02/05/2013 with a pound to dollar exchange rate 1.56) for comparisons for our international visitors
Salary US Dollars Region
£14960 $23337.6 North West
£18530 $28906.8 London
£13600 $21216 Yorkshire and North East
£14790 $23072.4 South West
£17510 $27315.6 South East
£14450 $22542 Scotland
£15300 $23868 Northern Ireland
£14280 $22276.8 Wales
£15810 $24663.6 Midlands
£14110 $22011.6 East of England

With regard to age and impact on salary for a Tape Operator, a statistical average weighting (that is based on how salary varies by age and not for a specific job which may vary considerably) suggests these figures: £12,750 for a worker in their 20s, £16,660 (30s), £19,720 (40s) and £19,720 (50s).
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