Average Film Editor Salary

$51,325
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$2,750
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The average salary for a Film Editor is $51,325.
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$32k
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$93k
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What Do Film Editors Do?

Film Editor Tasks
  • Edit film footage to fit with scripts and storylines.
  • Add text, music, sound effects, and other layers to footage.
  • Cut shots and match audio and video to chosen video.

Job Satisfaction for Film Editor

4.1 out of 5
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What Are Popular Skills for Film Editors?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Film Editors?

An entry-level Film Editor with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $47,805 based on 5 salaries. An early career Film Editor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $43,676 based on 66 salaries. A mid-career Film Editor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 35 salaries. An experienced Film Editor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $66,804 based on 35 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $105,000.
Employees with Film Editor in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 133.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (36.4% more) and Los Angeles, California (11.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (26.7% less) and Chicago, Illinois (17.7% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 157 survey responses.
Entry Level
3.2%
Early Career
42.0%
Mid Career
22.3%
Experienced
22.3%
Late Career
10.2%

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