Annual compensation for Film Editors is typically heavily supplemented by bonuses and commissions and totals around $47K (including $103K from bonuses and commissions). Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one in three lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and just over two-fifths have dental, too. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Film Editors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction for Film Editors is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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MEDIAN: $46,052
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$28,844 - $143,012  
   
Bonus
$5,000  
Commission
$98,264  
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$29,096 - $164,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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$14.49 - $77.90  
   
Overtime
$90.00  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$5,000  
   
Commission
$98,264  
Total Pay (?
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$29,096 - $164,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 36

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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


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

National Average: $46,944

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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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Key Stats for Film Editor

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
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Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Film Editor Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 149%

Late-Career
up arrow 102%

Mid-Career
up arrow 30%

National Average
$47,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Film Editor Salaries

avid
up arrow 209%

Adobe Premiere
up arrow 117%

Avid Media Composer
up arrow 77%


National Average
$47,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 6%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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