$45,607
Avg. Salary
$19.50
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,699

Bonus

$2,035

Profit Sharing

$850

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Film / Video Editor is $19.50 per hour.

The average pay for a Film / Video Editor is $45,607 per year.

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$11.84
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$19.50
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$43.83
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MEDIAN $45,607
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$0$82K
Salary $29,889 - $77,184
Bonus $245 - $7,035
Profit Sharing $715 - $12,723
Commission $850
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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$27,609 - $82,002
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,132
Hourly Data $0$62
Hourly Rate $11.84 - $43.83
Hourly Tips $1.25
Overtime $14.93 - $62.11
Annual Data $0$82K
Bonus $245 - $7,035
Commission $850
Profit Sharing $715 - $12,723
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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$27,609 - $82,002
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,267

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 2019 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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Popular Skills for Film / Video Editor

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: $44,040

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 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 Brea:
"Salary and what it takes to live."
Figure out the salary- the expectations and if this is really what you want. It takes dedication and sacrifice.

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 Los Angeles:
"Post Production."
Learn all forms of open source video and audio editing as well as Final Cut Pro, Pro Tools, and capturing software.

Film / Video Editor in New York:
"It's important to work."
Education is important in oder to get a job and move forward.

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Key Stats for Film / Video Editor

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 596 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

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 596 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 37%