Film Editor Salary

Average Film Editors in the United States make around $50K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although a little less than one-half lack health benefits of any kind, over one-half do enjoy medical insurance, and over a third get dental coverage, too. For the most part, Film Editors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Film Editors are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,900 - $142,993
(Median)
$30K
$50K
$140K
MEDIAN: $50,161
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$10.24 - $60.00
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$29,900 - $142,993  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,933  
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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$23,318 - $134,067  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$10.24 - $60.00  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $92.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,933  
   
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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$23,318 - $134,067  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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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


Survey takers who work as Film Editors typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Photoshop can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Photoshop, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Adobe After Effects. The majority of those who know Adobe After Effects also know Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Film Editor

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Film Editors in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $40K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $49K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $73K in this role. Film Editors who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $124K.

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Experience Affects Film Editor Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 62%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Film Editor Salaries

National Average
$45,000

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 5%

Apple Final Cut Pro
up arrow 7%

Adobe Photoshop
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 54% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 46%
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