Post Production Specialist, Television, Video, or Motion Picture Salary
TV, Video, and Motion Picture Post Production Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $47K annually on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of TV, Video, and Motion Picture Post Production Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more male TV, Video, and Motion Picture Post Production Specialists survey respondents than women, making up 84 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Job Description for Post Production Specialist, Television, Video, or Motion Picture
Post production specialists in television, video, and motion pictures are responsible for completing post-production tasks such as editing, formatting/compressing video, and verifying that all content meets the project's needs. They also process and mix tapes and verify that audio meets specified standards.Read More...
These specialists may be tasked with scheduling mixing and editing sessions to digitize content, and they should work well with other specialists to achieve objectives under strict deadlines. They may work with both digital and physical media such as DVDs, discs, and tapes and transfer content into different formats, and they must be proficient with professional applications to include effects and make cuts to raw files. They use a personal computer to edit content, write reports, mix audio, make edits, and blur content, and they work with networks and media specialists to delete or add content and advertising offerings. They may participate in decoding or encoding files according to the region in which they will be broadcast, and they should be organized and pay close attention to detail. They also work in a fast-paced environment and report their progress to a post production manager.
A bachelor's degree in cinematography or a related field is generally required for this position, and prior experience in the industry is highly beneficial. Industry certifications are also helpful.
Post Production Specialist, Television, Video, or Motion Picture Tasks
- Edit sound, video or combined files with Photoshop, Lightwave, Final Cut Pro, or other software.
- Act as expert for each project, knowing available story, and technical information.
- Use a variety of techniques to clean up and improve video and audio for effect and comprehension.
- Create and insert animation, sound effects, titles, subtitles, and other information.
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Popular Skills for Post Production Specialist, Television, Video, or Motion Picture
Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Video Editing, and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Adobe After Effects are similarly competent in Apple Final Cut Pro.
Pay by Experience Level for Post Production Specialist, Television, Video, or Motion Picture
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $43K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $51K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $60K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $59K.