Film Editor Salary
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.Read More...
In order to be eligible for this position, the applicant must have a bachelor's degree in film studies or a similar discipline. The applicant must be able to fully operate video editing software and be computer and technologically savvy. Regarding this, the applicant must be able to adapt to ever-changing technology. Problem solving and troubleshooting skills, as well as having a natural eye for error, are also a must. The overall position usually takes place indoors, but some outdoor exposure will occur when shooting on location. Normal hours are mornings through late evenings, but some overnight work is possible.
Film Editor Tasks
- Edit film footage to fit with scripts and storylines.
- Add text, music, sound effects, and other layers to footage.
- Cut shots and match audio and video to chosen video.
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Popular Skills for Film Editor
Film Editors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with avid, Adobe Premiere, and Avid Media Composer are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 209 percent, 117 percent, and 77 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop. Those proficient in Adobe After Effects are, more often than not, also skilled in Adobe Photoshop.
Pay by Experience Level for Film Editor
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $41K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $61K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $117K. Film Editors who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $95K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Film Editors, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 203 percent above the national average. Film Editors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+43 percent) and Los Angeles (+17 percent).
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