Compositors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $24.65 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Compositors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. The vast majority of Compositors (89 percent) survey respondents are men. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Compositor
- Work with supervisors to develop and evaluate creative and technical approaches for shots.
- Submit shots for review and implement feedback.
- Composite shots, working with a team or independently, that adhere to project specifications.
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Pay by Experience Level for Compositor
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Compositors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $45K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $74K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Compositors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $95K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $104K.