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Film Editor Salary

The average Film Editor in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $50K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Film Editors report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — slightly less than half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by over one-half and dental plans are enjoyed by over a third. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Film Editors who answered the questionnnaire. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,900 - $137,013
(Median)
$30K
$50K
$140K
MEDIAN: $50,161
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$10.14 - $58.16
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$58
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$29,900 - $137,013  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,386  
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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$22,777 - $127,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $58.16  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $92.52  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,386  
   
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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$22,777 - $127,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45

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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


Film Editors who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Those who have experience with Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, and Apple Final Cut Pro can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Photoshop. For most people, competency in Adobe After Effects indicates knowledge of 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $40K, 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 with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $63K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $126K.

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Experience Affects Film Editor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 178%

Experienced
up arrow 40%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Film Editor Salaries

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 5%

National Average
$45,000

Apple Final Cut Pro
up arrow 8%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 54% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 46%
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