Film Editor Salary

The average Film Editor in the United States earns approximately $50K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one-half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by slightly more than half and dental insurance is reported by more than a third. Most Film Editors survey respondents are men (79 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,067 - $138,634
(Median)
$30K
$50K
$140K
MEDIAN: $50,161
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$10.07 - $56.93
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$10
$19
$57
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,067 - $138,634  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,386  
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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$22,511 - $125,812  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $56.93  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $92.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,386  
   
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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$22,511 - $125,812  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42

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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


Typical Film Editors report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, and Apple Final Cut Pro can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Photoshop. Most people 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Film Editors. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $40K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $47K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $68K. 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 $126K.

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Experience Affects Film Editor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 180%

Experienced
up arrow 51%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Film Editor Salaries

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 6%

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
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 54% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 46%