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What Does it Take to Be a Film and Video Editor?

Position Description Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.

What Do Film and Video Editors Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Select and combine the most effective shots of each scene to form a logical and smoothly running story.
  • Collaborate with music editors to select appropriate passages of music and develop production scores.
  • Supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in film editing, assembling, and recording activities.
  • Piece sounds together to develop film soundtracks.
  • Estimate how long audiences watching comedies will laugh at each gag line or situation to space scenes appropriately.
  • Review footage sequence by sequence to become familiar with it before assembling it into a final product.

Skills Needed to be a Film and Video Editor

Below is a list of the skills most Film and Video Editors say are important on the job.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Time Management: Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Types of Film and Video Editor

  • Associate Producer
  • Production Manager
  • Director
  • Video Editor
  • News Editor

Film and Video Editor Job Outlook

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 34,200 jobs in the United States for Film and Video Editor. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 17% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 5,800 new jobs for Film and Video Editor by 2026. There will be an estimated 4,000 positions for Film and Video Editor per year.

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The states with the most job growth for Film and Video Editor are Utah, Georgia, and North Dakota. Watch out if you plan on working in Alaska, Wisconsin, or Missouri. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Film and Video Editor Make?

Film and Video Editors make between $31,940 and $170,040 a year.

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Film and Video Editors who work in New Jersey, New York, or California, make the highest salaries.

How much do Film and Video Editors make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $51,480
Arizona $70,420
Arkansas $40,880
California $112,530
Colorado $54,310
Connecticut $73,710
District of Columbia $69,410
Florida $50,410
Georgia $64,470
Idaho $45,550
Illinois $64,820
Iowa $53,730
Kansas $46,720
Kentucky $64,580
Maine $56,090
Maryland $53,920
Massachusetts $74,090
Michigan $64,620
Missouri $56,160
Montana $48,020
Nevada $45,560
New Jersey $87,150
New York $92,170
North Carolina $51,570
Ohio $54,430
Oklahoma $43,870
Oregon $52,720
Pennsylvania $61,920
South Carolina $41,740
Tennessee $70,100
Texas $61,990
Utah $54,010
Virginia $64,590
Washington $71,120
Wisconsin $52,260

Tools & Technologies Used by Film and Video Editors

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Film and Video Editors:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • JavaScript
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Web browser software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • YouTube
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Suite
  • AJAX
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Systems Adobe AfterEffects
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Director
  • Apple QuickTime

How to Become a Film and Video Editor

Learn what Film and Video Editor education requirements there are.

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Film and Video Editors Sector

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The table below shows the approximate number of Film and Video Editors employed by various industries.

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