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Film Editor Salary (United States)

Earnings for Film Editors in the United States come in at around $53K annually on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to one-half lack any form of coverage — but approximately one-half have medical insurance, and over a third have dental, too. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Film Editors who answered the questionnnaire. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Film Editor Salary (?
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$29,517 - $140,935
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MEDIAN: $53,146
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$10.02 - $57.24
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$29,517 - $140,935  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,364  
Total Pay (?
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$21,512 - $125,812  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 52
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$10.02 - $57.24  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $92.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,364  
   
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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$21,512 - $125,812  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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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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Film Editors report a narrow range of specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Adobe After Effects can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 33 percent above average.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $39K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $49K. Film Editors bring in $63K after working for 10 to 20 years. Professionals who have racked up more than two decades of experience enjoy comfortable salaries; at this stage, median wages are a cushy $119K.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$47,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Film Editors, New York offers exceptional salaries, 42 percent above the national average. Film Editors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+7 percent).

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Experience Affects Film Editor Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$47,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Film Editor Salaries

Adobe After Effects
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Apple Final Cut Pro
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National Average
$47,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
24%
female alumni
 
Male
76%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 50%