Compositor Salary

Compositors in the United States can expect wages of $25.27 per hour on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a majority have medical coverage and a little more than half have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Compositors. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,590 - $107,276
$30K
$57K
$110K
MEDIAN: $57,449
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$15.44 - $48.05
$15
$25
$48
MEDIAN: $25.27
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$29,590 - $107,276  
   
Bonus
$983  
Total Pay (?
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$32,761 - $106,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.44 - $48.05  
   
Overtime
$14.00 - $73.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$983  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,761 - $106,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 43

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Job Description for Compositor

  • Composite shots, working with a team or independently, that adhere to project specifications.
  • Submit shots for review and implement feedback.
  • Work with supervisors to develop and evaluate creative and technical approaches for shots.

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Pay by Experience Level for Compositor

Pay by Experience for a Compositor has a positive trend. An entry-level Compositor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 52 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Compositor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 27 salaries. An experienced Compositor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 14 salaries. A Compositor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $104,000 based on 9 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,128

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Compositors, 34 percent higher than the national average. Compositors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+32 percent). The lowest-paying market is New York, which sits 13 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Compositor

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Compositor Salaries

Late-Career
▲79%

Experienced
▲61%

▲31%

National Average
$58,000

▼22%

Skills That Affect Compositor Salaries

Nuke
▲20%

National Average
$58,000

Adobe After Effects
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 30%
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