The average salary for a Film / Video Editor is $41,665 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. A skill in Editing is associated with high pay for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Film / Video Editor Total Pay (?
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$28,003 - $75,853
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MEDIAN: $41,665
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Film / Video Editor Total Pay (?
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$10.03 - $48.81
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$28,003 - $75,853  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,051  
Profit Sharing
$199.56 - $9,060  
Commission
$0.00 - $78,297  
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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$24,914 - $87,270  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,810
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $48.81  
   
Overtime
$15.61 - $78.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,051  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $78,297  
Profit Sharing
$199.56 - $9,060  
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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$24,914 - $87,270  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,810
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Job Description for Film / Video Editor
A Film/Video Editor should know his or her way around anything that pertains to audio and visual media. The order in which footage received is not that important because an editor should know how to take the footage and place it in a smooth sequence. The editor incorporates techniques that include inserting audio files for sound into video, while using linear editing systems such as Final Cut Pro or Avid Media Composer. The editor is also familiar with cutting unnecessary sounds that may hinder the production of the video. The editor also works on inserting effects that keep the video rolling and engaging, rather than time-consuming and dull. The editor will also select the best footage to place in the editing system's timeline. An editor knows which types of special effects are needed to make the production stand out. The editor is also responsible for post-production, which includes adjusting the levels of the audio film, cutting extra footage that may make the production lengthy, and adding effects which transition the film to the next segment smoothly. An Editor knows how to effectively use a voice-over technique, which inserts an audio excerpt over the video footage. An effective editor also adheres to the instructions of the director or producer to ensure that the project meets the specific needs of audience to which the video is directed. Finally, an editor will make sure that the production runs smoothly, without any holes in the production or story, and the editor will then render all of the effects and modifications made to the production, and then the video should be ready for presentation. The hours for an editor vary. Sometimes the editor will spend as little as an hour on a project, while some call for the editor to work continuously for more than four hours. The job sometimes can be tedious, but a good editor understands how important attention to detail is.
Film / Video Editor Tasks
  • Review assembled films or edited videotapes to determine if corrections are necessary.
  • Operate computer editing systems, electronic titling systems, video switching equipment, and digital video effects units to produce a final product.
  • Edit films and videotapes to insert music, dialogue, and sound effects, to arrange films into sequences, and to correct errors, using editing equipment.
  • Select and combine the most effective shots of each scene to form a logical and smoothly running story, following scripts or instructions of directors and producers.
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Experience Affects Film / Video Editor Salaries

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Gender
Female
19%
female alumni
 
Male
81%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 36%
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