Senior Video Editors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly less than three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $59K annually on average but can range from $36K to $100K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Work is enjoyable for Senior Video Editors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Senior Video Editors who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 82 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,290 - $93,499
(Median)
$37K
$59K
$93K
MEDIAN: $59,352
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$10.26 - $50.90
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$10
$27
$51
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$37,290 - $93,499  
   
Bonus
$787 - $7,559  
Profit Sharing
$2,200  
Commission
$9,500  
Total Pay (?
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$35,719 - $100,315  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 253
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$10.26 - $50.90  
   
Overtime
$22.00 - $90.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$787 - $7,559  
   
Commission
$9,500  
Profit Sharing
$2,200  
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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$35,719 - $100,315  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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.

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Senior Video Editor Tasks

  • Collaborate with the creative team to brainstorm a successful direction and strategy.
  • Edit video footage according to an identified creative strategy and time restrictions.
  • Lead the creative team in the video production process, from initial setup to final product.
  • Record and remaster footage and audio as needed.

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Popular Skills for Senior Video Editor


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with motion graphics, avid, and Graphic Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 6 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing Adobe Premiere as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Project Management and Product Photography also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Adobe After Effects also know Apple Final Cut Pro and Graphic Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Video Editor

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


Senior Video Editors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $42K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $58K. Senior Video Editors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $63K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $72K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,168

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Video Editors, 42 percent above the national average. Senior Video Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+41 percent), San Francisco (+31 percent), Atlanta (+29 percent), and Boston (+24 percent). The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 28 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Houston (23 percent lower) and Baltimore (10 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Video Editor Salaries



National Average
$60,000



Skills That Affect Senior Video Editor Salaries

motion graphics
up arrow 34%

avid
up arrow 6%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%

Graphic Design
up arrow 4%

Apple Final Cut Pro
up arrow 2%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 1%

National Average
$60,000

Video Editing
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Product Photography
up arrow 10%

Project Management
up arrow 20%

Adobe Premiere
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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