Film Editor Salary

Annual compensation for Film Editors is typically heavily supplemented by bonuses and commissions and totals around $48K (including $78K from bonuses and commissions). Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While one in three report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and more than two-fifths have dental, as well. Most Film Editors survey respondents are men (70 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$29,262 - $119,195
$29K
$48K
$120K
MEDIAN: $48,289
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$14.68 - $78.27
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$0$157K
Salary $29,262 - $119,195
Bonus $5,000
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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$30,013 - $157,249
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 56
Hourly Data $0$106
Hourly Rate $14.68 - $78.27
Overtime $90.00
Annual Data $0$157K
Bonus $5,000
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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$30,013 - $157,249
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 34

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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

  • 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


Survey results suggest that Film Editors use a fairly large toolkit of professional 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 200 percent, 111 percent, and 72 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop. Most people familiar with Adobe After Effects also know Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Film Editor

Pay by Experience for a Film Editor has a positive trend. An entry-level Film Editor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 48 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Film Editor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 30 salaries. An experienced Film Editor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 20 salaries. A Film Editor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 6 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,390

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Film Editors in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 196 percent above the national average. Film Editors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+76 percent) and San Francisco (+38 percent).

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Key Stats for Film Editor

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Film Editor Salaries

▲83%

Late-Career
▲73%

▲25%

National Average
$48,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Film Editor Salaries

avid
▲200%

Adobe Premiere
▲111%

Avid Media Composer
▲72%


National Average
$48,000

Adobe Photoshop
▼7%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
no benefits
None: 33%
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