Senior Video Editor Salary
Senior Video Editors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just below two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $61K annually on average but can range from $39K to $100K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. For the most part, Senior Video Editors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Senior Video Editors who answered the questionnnaire. A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$39,548 - $95,599|
|Bonus||$750 - $7,661|
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|$39,157 - $100,109|
|Hourly Rate||$13.76 - $50.00|
|Overtime||$20.89 - $73.08|
|Bonus||$750 - $7,661|
|Total Pay (||$39,157 - $100,109|
Job Description for Senior Video Editor
Senior video editors are responsible for leading a team of video editors throughout the editing process, maintaining overall awareness of the team’s actions, and ensuring that the finished product meets the client's expectations.Read More...
Senior video editors must collaborate during every phase of editing, scripting, music, animation, etc. to ensure that the final product does not deviate from what is expected. This requires strong communications skills, as abstract ideas must be presented and understood for everyone to be on the same page. Senior video editors are also responsible for maintaining all backups and archived data in case of an emergency or loss. In addition to overseeing employees, these editors must also be proficient in the editing tasks that the team is expected to fulfill and may need to fill in or work independently on certain segments to maintain pace. As such, they may also be in charge of creating and maintaining a schedule for the editing process and informing both the team and client of when projects should be completed.
Aspiring senior video editors should have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and at least five years of editing experience. They typically work during regular weekly business hours, and additional time may occasionally be necessary to meet deadlines. Travel is not necessary for this position. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Senior Video Editor Tasks
- Lead the creative team in the video production process, from initial setup to final product.
- Record and remaster footage and audio as needed.
- Collaborate with the creative team to brainstorm a successful direction and strategy.
- Edit video footage according to an identified creative strategy and time restrictions.
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Popular Skills for Senior Video Editor
Senior Video Editors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with motion graphics, Graphic Design, and avid are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 5 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing Project Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Adobe Premiere and Product Photography also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Adobe After Effects also know Apple Final Cut Pro and Graphic Design.
Pay by Experience Level for Senior Video Editor
Pay by Experience for a Senior Video Editor has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Video Editor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 63 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Video Editor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 110 salaries. An experienced Senior Video Editor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 130 salaries. A Senior Video Editor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 57 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Video Editors, 63 percent higher than the national average. Senior Video Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+38 percent), San Francisco (+28 percent), Atlanta (+26 percent), and Seattle (+14 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Senior Video Editor's salary, with Dallas Senior Video Editors earning salaries that are 29 percent less than the national average. Houston and Baltimore are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 25 percent lower and 21 percent lower, respectively.
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