Salary for Film and Video Editors

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Also known as:  Cue Selector, Electronic News Gathering Editor, Film Editor, Movie Editor, News Video Editor, News Videotape Editor, Tape Editor, Television News Video Editor, Video Tape Transferrer helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

The work of film and video editors involves following the instructions of producers and directors to organize, cut and splice raw footage on film, video or in digital format. They may operate a wide range of specilized equipment, and insert, edit and/or synchronize soundtracks as well. These professionals may determine the need and placement of audio-visual effects, and may select, combine and trim the best film segments in order to tell a continuous story. They may work to fit specific time requirements. Some college is generally expected, although not required, for this profession. Many film and video editors hold Bachelor's degrees.

A Film and Video Editor can earn average salaries in a range of $34,870 and $152,720 based on level of experience. can expect an average compensation of eigthy-three thousand eight hundred and eigthy dollars yearly.

can get the best pay in California, where they earn average job salaries of close to about $107,300. Employees who work in this job make the greatest compensation in Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services, where they earn pay of $94,230.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 66.42 percent nationwide in that time.


Film and Video Editors tend to make the most in the following industries:

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Finance and Insurance
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Health Care and Social Assistance

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Public Administration
Wholesale Trade
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