Nightclubs look to videographers when they need to create promotional videos or capture the performance of a live musician. A nightclub might ask a videographer to capture footage for a commercial to be used later. A club videographer might work for a club only one time, or the club may choose to hire the videographer for steady work.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for videographers was a little over $41,000 in 2008. The top 10 percent of earners in videography and camera operation made approximately $80,000 or more in 2008, while the lowest 10 percent of earners made approximately $21,000 or less. The salary figures include videographers who work in the film industry and as independent contractors. Club videographers typically work as independent employees and are not employed by production studios.
Club videographers are likely to be paid on a per diem basis negotiated before they film the event. The per diem rate for club videographers typically depends on the size of the club and the length of time the shoot is expected to last. The rate for work might be a few hundred dollars for the day or a few thousand dollars. For instance, you might charge $500 for a night of videography at a popular club in town that is hosting multiple performers. Prepare to negotiate with the club owner on your price for the night.
Club videographers have the opportunity to make additional income from added services associated with the production of the video. Editing, footage delivery, DVD compression and any other service you perform beyond simply shooting the club event is an opportunity for extra money. For instance, if the club owner wants 20 short clips of your footage put to DVD so he can show investors, you can charge for the service.
The work schedule and hours of a club videographer might be erratic and involve working into the early hours of the morning. Clubs typically open in the late evening and shut down at 2 in the morning or later. The club owner typically will expect you to work that entire period of time. Additionally, club videographers might make money only on the weekends, when clubs have the most business.