Senior Video Editor Salary
Senior Video Editors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly less than three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $37K to $97K per year, median earnings come to $60K per year. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Slightly less than a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Senior Video Editors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Senior Video Editors who answered the questionnnaire. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$38,181 - $91,413|
|Bonus||$760 - $6,904|
|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).)
|$37,134 - $97,369|
|Hourly Rate||$13.95 - $50.11|
|Overtime||$20.93 - $72.72|
|Bonus||$760 - $6,904|
|Total Pay (||$37,134 - $97,369|
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.
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.
Popular Skills for Senior Video Editor
Senior Video Editors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with motion graphics, Graphic Design, and avid are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 8 percent, and 6 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. For most people, competency in Adobe After Effects indicates knowledge of 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
Surpassing the national average by 66 percent, Senior Video Editors in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Video Editors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+41 percent), San Francisco (+31 percent), Atlanta (+29 percent), and Seattle (+17 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. Employers in Houston and Baltimore also lean toward paying below-median salaries (23 percent lower and 20 percent lower, respectively).
Related Job Salaries
Key Stats for Senior Video Editor
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.