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Film Editor Salary

Film Editors in the United States take home an average $49K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Film Editors claim 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. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than one-half — do not have any health coverage, a little more than half do receive medical benefits and over a third have dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,849 - $137,913
(Median)
$30K
$49K
$140K
MEDIAN: $49,465
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$10.16 - $57.96
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$58
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$29,849 - $137,913  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,409  
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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$22,777 - $127,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$10.16 - $57.96  
   
Overtime
$15.10 - $92.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,409  
   
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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$22,777 - $127,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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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


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Film Editors who took the survey. Those who have experience with Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, and Apple Final Cut Pro can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Photoshop. For most people, competency in Adobe After Effects indicates knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Film Editor

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


Film Editors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $40K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $49K. Film Editors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $68K. Six-figure salaries aren't unusual for professionals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience; median compensation for this group sits in the range of $126K.

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Experience Affects Film Editor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 178%

Experienced
up arrow 49%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Film Editor Salaries

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 5%

National Average
$45,000

Apple Final Cut Pro
up arrow 8%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

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