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Film Editor Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Film Editor is $55,000 per year. Experience strongly influences income for this job.
Film Editor Salary (?
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$28,973 - $132,767
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $55,000
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Film Editor Salary (?
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$10.21 - $56.09
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$28,973 - $132,767  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,321  
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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$21,790 - $123,349  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 46
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $56.09  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $92.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,321  
   
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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$21,790 - $123,349  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Film Editor

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

Pay Difference By Location

New York
up arrow 36%
Los Angeles
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National Average
$45,000
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Experience Affects Film Editor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 140%
Experienced
up arrow 66%
Mid-Career
up arrow 5%
National Average
$45,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
24%
female alumni
 
Male
76%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 46% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 54%