Film / Video Editor Salary

The average salary for a Film / Video Editor is $44,357 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. The highest paying skills associated with this job are avid and Project Management. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

$29,923 - $77,036
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$77K
MEDIAN: $45,233
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$11.88 - $43.20
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$0$81K
Salary $29,923 - $77,036
Bonus $297.48 - $6,831
Profit Sharing $979 - $13,087
Commission $25,250
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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$28,373 - $81,425
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,278
Hourly Data $0$63
Hourly Rate $11.88 - $43.20
Hourly Tips $1.25
Overtime $14.72 - $63.69
Annual Data $0$81K
Bonus $297.48 - $6,831
Commission $25,250
Profit Sharing $979 - $13,087
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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$28,373 - $81,425
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 692

Job Description for Film / Video Editor

A Film/Video Editor should know his or her way around anything that pertains to audio and visual media. The order in which footage received is not that important because an editor should know how to take the footage and place it in a smooth sequence. The editor incorporates techniques that include inserting audio files for sound into video, while using linear editing systems such as Final Cut Pro or Avid Media Composer. The editor is also familiar with cutting unnecessary sounds that may hinder the production of the video. The editor also works on inserting effects that keep the video rolling and engaging, rather than time-consuming and dull. The editor will also select the best footage to place in the editing system's timeline. An editor knows which types of special effects are needed to make the production stand out. The editor is also responsible for post-production, which includes adjusting the levels of the audio film, cutting extra footage that may make the production lengthy, and adding effects which transition the film to the next segment smoothly. An Editor knows how to effectively use a voice-over technique, which inserts an audio excerpt over the video footage. An effective editor also adheres to the instructions of the director or producer to ensure that the project meets the specific needs of audience to which the video is directed. Finally, an editor will make sure that the production runs smoothly, without any holes in the production or story, and the editor will then render all of the effects and modifications made to the production, and then the video should be ready for presentation. The hours for an editor vary. Sometimes the editor will spend as little as an hour on a project, while some call for the editor to work continuously for more than four hours. The job sometimes can be tedious, but a good editor understands how important attention to detail is. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)


Film / Video Editor Tasks

  • Edit films and videotapes to insert music, dialogue, and sound effects, to arrange films into sequences, and to correct errors, using editing equipment.
  • Select and combine the most effective shots of each scene to form a logical and smoothly running story, following scripts or instructions of directors and producers.
  • Review assembled films or edited videotapes to determine if corrections are necessary.
  • Operate computer editing systems, electronic titling systems, video switching equipment, and digital video effects units to produce a final product.

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Pay by Experience Level for Film / Video Editor

Pay by Experience for a Film / Video Editor has a positive trend. An entry-level Film / Video Editor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 1,086 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Film / 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 $48,000 based on 698 salaries. An experienced Film / Video Editor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 339 salaries. A Film / 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 $69,000 based on 114 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,075

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

Film / Video Editor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Film / Video Editor?

Film / Video Editor in Mumbai:
"I want to work as assistant video editor."
Pros: Only one way film and television industry covering to mass so I like this type of job....!!
Cons: Only one way film and television industry covering to mass and divert to views.....!!!

Film / Video Editor in Las Vegas:
"Could be worse, but could be better."
Pros: That I get to work in the field I am studying for in college.
Cons: Lack of proper communication about videography needs.

Film / Video Editor in Ann Arbor:
Pros: Flexible work schedule.
Cons: Salary and lack of benefits.

Film / Video Editor in Sioux Falls:
"Real world experience."
Pros: Doing what I love.
Cons: Nothing.

Film / Video Editor in Charlotte:
"Patience Perseveres."
Pros: I love being able to create new and interesting things from something raw and unformed. I love that the end viewer won't always know what went into making what they saw, they just appreciate it. My specific job is very low key and non-stressful, due to it being web based there is not a broadcast schedule that needs to be met for deadlines.
Cons: There are times that it is repetitive and mundane. Not as creative as you'd probably like to have.

Film / Video Editor in Rockville:
"Creative."
Pros: Being creative and not having to wear a suit all the time.
Cons: Low pay and long hours. And high stress on deadline.

Film / Video Editor in Aiken:
"What I Like."
Pros: Creating innovative videos for clients. Flexibility.
Cons: The low payment for my services. Stress level.

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Key Stats for Film / Video Editor

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 354 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Film / Video Editor Salaries

▲56%

▲34%

▲9%

National Average
$44,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Film / Video Editor Salaries

▲54%




National Average
$44,000

Adobe After Effects
▼3%




▼6%


▼6%

▼6%




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 354 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 37%