Average Film / Video Editor Salary

$48,255
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$1,565
Bonus
$25,600
Commission
$2,035
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The average salary for a Film / Video Editor is $48,255.
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$32k
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$48k
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$79k
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$32k - $79k
Bonus
$294 - $7k
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$604 - $14k
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$29k - $85k
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What Do Film / Video Editors Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Film / Video Editor

3.7 out of 5
(532)
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Popular Employer Salaries for Film / Video Editor

The top respondents for the job title Film / Video Editor are from the companies CBS Corporation, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc and NBC. Reported salaries are highest at CBS Corporation where the average pay is $140,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include NBC and Spectrum, earning around $70,000 and $62,400, respectively. Crutchfield Corp pays the lowest at around $35,000. Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc and TEGNA INC. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $36,000 and $44,000, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Film / Video Editors?

Skills in Editing and Apple Final Cut Pro are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects and Video Editing.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Film / Video Editors?

An entry-level Film / Video Editor with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $39,530 based on 85 salaries. An early career Film / Video Editor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $42,750 based on 1,312 salaries. A mid-career Film / Video Editor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $50,842 based on 972 salaries. An experienced Film / Video Editor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $61,836 based on 540 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $62,007.
Employees with Film / Video Editor in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 36.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (23.8% more) and Washington, District of Columbia (15.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (6.5% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (4.9% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 3,091 survey responses.
Entry Level
2.7%
Early Career
42.4%
Mid Career
31.4%
Experienced
17.5%
Late Career
5.9%