Film Editor Salary

For Film Editors, bonuses and commissions account for a significant portion of income and add up to 164 percent of their $45K annual pay. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Film Editors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and over a third receive dental plans. Male Film Editors are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,884 - $139,269
(Median)
$29K
$47K
$140K
MEDIAN: $46,573
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$10.48 - $58.44
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$20
$58
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$28,884 - $139,269  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,067  
Commission
$72,500  
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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$24,329 - $135,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 69
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$10.48 - $58.44  
   
Overtime
$23.15 - $92.90  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,067  
   
Commission
$72,500  
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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$24,329 - $135,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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Job Description for Film Editor

A successful job applicant will transform film footage into a final product while utilizing sound effects, video, audio, music, and special effects. The applicant will participate in all aspects of taping and production, including potentially directing at times. Also, the applicant would shoot additional promotional videos that could potentially be used on air in the future.The environment for this position is fast-paced and deadline-driven, and the applicant must be able to think quickly on their feet. Professional evidence of this is definitely a plus. This position also requires the ability to use a camera in the studio and on photo shoots and to be able to put together a news story without the help of a producer. This position will answer to a production manager and will occasionally assist the rest of the staff with technical issues. Therefore, extremely good interpersonal and communication skills are a necessity in order to acquire this position.

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Film Editor Tasks

  • Cut shots and match audio and video to chosen video.
  • Add text, music, sound effects, and other layers to footage.
  • Edit film footage to fit with scripts and storylines.

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Popular Skills for Film Editor


Survey results show that Film Editors typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Photoshop can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects. Most people familiar with Adobe After Effects also know Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Film Editor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Film Editors. During the first five years of their careers, Film Editors see a median income of $40K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $52K. For Film Editors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $73K. Film Editors who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $122K.

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Experience Affects Film Editor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 169%

Experienced
up arrow 62%

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Film Editor Salaries

Apple Final Cut Pro
0%

National Average
$45,000

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 5%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
medical benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 44%
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