How Much Do Film and Video Editors Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Film and Video Editors

Film and Video Editors edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May work with a producer or director to organize images for final production. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$83880 per year
Hourly wage
$40 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$34,870 to $47,240 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$17 to $23 per hour

Entry-level Film and Video Editors with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $34,870 to $47,240 per year or $17 to $23 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Film and Video Editors to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $73 $152,720
Senior (Top 25%) $48 $100,830
Middle (Mid 50%) $32 $67,250
Junior (Bottom 25%) $23 $47,240
No experience (Bottom 10%) $17 $34,870

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $52 $107,300
NY $47 $98,400
NJ $44 $91,000
CT $38 $79,550
PA $38 $79,100
MA $38 $78,470
WA $37 $77,480
GA $36 $75,630
MN $36 $74,230
DC $35 $73,390

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Film and Video Editor is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Film and Video Editors are in the states of CA, NY, NJ, CT and PA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Employment Services $96150 $46.23
Motion Picture and Video Industries $93610 $45.01
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $83230 $40.01
Management of Companies and Enterprises $75690 $36.39
Telecommunications $75340 $36.22
Spectator Sports $74160 $35.65
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $71920 $34.58
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $71320 $34.29
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events $71090 $34.18
Software Publishers $69680 $33.50
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $69010 $33.18
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses $68630 $33.00
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $67030 $32.23
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers $64770 $31.14
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers $63770 $30.66
Radio and Television Broadcasting $62100 $29.86
Local Government $59040 $28.38
Educational Support Services $58310 $28.03
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services $58210 $27.98
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $55920 $26.88
Religious Organizations $54240 $26.08
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $53250 $25.60
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $53140 $25.55
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training $52880 $25.42
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $48720 $23.42
Specialized Design Services $48070 $23.11
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services $ $*
Other Information Services $ $*
Sound Recording Industries $ $*
Cable and Other Subscription Programming $ $*

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