Film Editor Salary

Annual compensation for Film Editors is typically heavily supplemented by bonuses and commissions and totals around $46K (including $103K from bonuses and commissions). Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Film Editors survey respondents are men (74 percent). While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, just over a half do receive medical benefits and over a third have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Film Editors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,592 - $144,498
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$140K
MEDIAN: $46,685
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$14.45 - $77.90
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$28,592 - $144,498  
   
Bonus
$5,000  
Commission
$98,264  
Total Pay (?
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$28,911 - $167,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$14.45 - $77.90  
   
Overtime
$90.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$5,000  
   
Commission
$98,264  
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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$28,911 - $167,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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 report using a wide range 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 212 percent, 119 percent, and 79 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: $46,482

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, 208 percent above the national average. Film Editors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+83 percent) and San Francisco (+44 percent).

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Key Stats for Film Editor

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Film Editor Salaries

▲90%

Late-Career
▲80%

▲30%

National Average
$46,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Film Editor Salaries

avid
▲212%

Adobe Premiere
▲119%

Avid Media Composer
▲79%


National Average
$46,000

Adobe Photoshop
▼3%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
no benefits
None: 38%