Film Editor Salary

Film Editors in the United States pull down an average of $50K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Some workers in this field — a little less than one-half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by more than a third. Male Film Editors are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,900 - $142,993
(Median)
$30K
$50K
$140K
MEDIAN: $50,161
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90%

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$10.21 - $57.58
(Median)
$10
$20
$58
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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$23,255 - $129,443  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $57.58  
   
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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$23,255 - $129,443  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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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 results show that 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 pay less than market rate include Adobe Photoshop, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Adobe After Effects. 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Film Editors. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $40K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $49K. For Film Editors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $72K. Professionals who achieve more than 20 years of experience generally enjoy cushy salaries; their median compensation sits in the ballpark of $124K, a plump six-figure sum.

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Experience Affects Film Editor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 175%

Experienced
up arrow 61%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Film Editor Salaries

National Average
$45,000

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 4%

Apple Final Cut Pro
up arrow 8%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 10%

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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