Film Editor Salary

For Film Editors, bonuses and commissions account for a significant portion of income and add up to 162 percent of their $48K annual pay. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by nearly two in five. Most Film Editors report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Film Editors (66 percent) survey respondents are male. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,938 - $146,485
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MEDIAN: $50,706
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$14.59 - $76.32
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$0$161K
Salary $28,938 - $146,485
Bonus $5,000
Commission $72,500
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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$29,759 - $161,678
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 60
Hourly Data $0$95
Hourly Rate $14.59 - $76.32
Overtime $40.00
Annual Data $0$161K
Bonus $5,000
Commission $72,500
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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$29,759 - $161,678
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 33

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Job Description for Film Editor

A successful job applicant will transform film footage into a final product while utilizing sound effects, video, audio, music, and special effects. The applicant will participate in all aspects of taping and production, including potentially directing at times. Also, the applicant would shoot additional promotional videos that could potentially be used on air in the future.The environment for this position is fast-paced and deadline-driven, and the applicant must be able to think quickly on their feet. Professional evidence of this is definitely a plus. This position also requires the ability to use a camera in the studio and on photo shoots and to be able to put together a news story without the help of a producer. This position will answer to a production manager and will occasionally assist the rest of the staff with technical issues. Therefore, extremely good interpersonal and communication skills are a necessity in order to acquire this position.

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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.

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Popular Skills for Film Editor


Film Editors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with avid, Adobe Premiere, and Avid Media Composer are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 202 percent, 113 percent, and 73 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop. Those proficient in Adobe After Effects are, more often than not, also skilled in Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Film Editor

Pay by Experience for a Film Editor has a positive trend. An entry-level Film Editor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 48 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Film Editor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 30 salaries. An experienced Film Editor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 20 salaries. A Film Editor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 6 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,480

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Film Editors, 198 percent higher than the national average. Film Editors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+77 percent) and San Francisco (+39 percent).

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Key Stats for Film Editor

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Film Editor Salaries

▲79%

Late-Career
▲69%

▲22%

National Average
$49,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Film Editor Salaries

avid
▲193%

Adobe Premiere
▲106%

Avid Media Composer
▲68%


National Average
$49,000

Adobe Photoshop
▼9%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 34%
no benefits
None: 32%
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