Film editor - Salary and Career
Technicians in assembling, editing and finishing audiovisual media

Film editor - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They structure film and audiovisual media narratives, direct the capture and finalization of images, operating the cutting table (switcher) and instructing the positioning and/or framing of the image, editing images and audio and creating special effects, participating in the definition of the product and advising the post -production determining dubbing script, listing assembled plans and indicating sound editing procedures, supervise finalization, dubbing and film copy conformation.

How much does an Film editor earn

A Film editor earns between $1.243 and $3.401 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.816 and a median salary of $1.715 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 5.002 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Film editor

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.816 21.795 454 8
1º Quartile 1.243 14.915 311 6
Median Salary 1.715 20.580 429 8
3º Quartile 2.594 31.124 648 12
Higher Salary 3.401 40.811 850 16


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium-level technicians in cultural, communications and sports services
      • technicians in sound, scenography and projection equipment operation
        • technicians in assembling, editing and finishing audiovisual media

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Main workplaces

Technicians in assembling, editing and finishing audiovisual media they work in small, medium and large independent production companies, such as television networks, advertising film producers, etc. They work both in the private and public spheres, in this case in artistic foundations. They work irregular hours and closed environments, both individually and collectively, under occasional supervision, except for the audiovisual media editor who works at fixed hours, whether day or night. The work is carried out with a portfolio or on their own account, as in the case of audiovisual media editors, editors and finalists of cinema films. In some activities, they are exposed to intense noise and can work under pressure, leading them to a stressful situation.


What does it take to work in the field of Technicians in assembling, editing and finishing audiovisual media

To carry out these activities, high school education and vocational courses are required, offered by professional training institutions. The full exercise of activities occurs after three or four years of experience, and for the Audiovisual Media Editor and Image Director (TV), it occurs after one or two years of experience.


Functions and activities of Film editor

Technicians in assembling, editing and finishing audiovisual media must:

  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • supervise finalization;
  • edit pictures and audio;
  • advise post-production;
  • advise post production;
  • supervise finishing;
  • participate in product definition;
  • create special effects;
  • edit images and audio;
  • structuring narratives of films and audiovisual media;
  • structuring film and audiovisual media narratives;
  • structuring narratives for films and audiovisual media;
  • participate in the product definition;
  • direct image capture and finalization;

  • Activities

    • planning assistant editing activities;
    • check camera axis;
    • correct color, brightness and contrast;
    • work as a team;
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • monitor sound editing;
    • monitor sound mixing;
    • fit graphic arts formats;
    • send recorded media to the quality department;
    • rotate images/materials;
    • orient footage for application of special effects;
    • review final edits;
    • insert credits;
    • speed up/slow down images;
    • cut audio;
    • manage time;
    • synchronize sound with picture;
    • modulating narrative times;
    • demonstrate flexibility;
    • propose definitions of narratives;
    • check first copy movie image quality;
    • control external image signals;
    • request separation of scenes for visual effects;
    • coordinate editing assistant activities;
    • selecting images;
    • request available images on file;
    • define visual effects;
    • invert images;
    • select direct sounds;
    • participate in material capture;
    • apply characters;
    • apply filters;
    • capture images;
    • analyzing image and sound quality;
    • receive material collected from other sectors and areas;
    • make credits;
    • add graphics;
    • work as a team;
    • treat audio;
    • distort images;
    • participate in agenda discussion;
    • apply software preset effects;
    • indicate sound editing procedures;
    • compose images;
    • mount song guide;
    • check first copy movie sound timing;
    • demonstrate auditory acuity;
    • check negative assembly;
    • crop images;
    • create characters;
    • mix audio;
    • operate the cutting table (switcher);
    • provide dubbing maps;
    • demonstrate discernment;
    • sequence audio;
    • work under pressure;
    • arrange for sending materials for sound editing;
    • sequence images;
    • ordering film and audiovisual media narratives;
    • freeze images;
    • supervise dubbing;
    • list assembled plans;
    • demonstrate sensitivity;
    • demonstrate creativity;
    • demonstrate visual acuity;
    • demonstrate critical sense;
    • request image capture;
    • coordinate operational team;
    • supervise film copy making;
    • mount direct soundguide;
    • elaborate recorded content index;
    • check first copy movie sound quality;
    • mount movies and audiovisual media in editing system;
    • arrange material for trickery;
    • merge images;
    • define final cut of films and audiovisual media;
    • demonstrate ability of aesthetic perception;
    • put images/materials on the air;
    • make edit decision list;
    • make decisions;
    • guide the capture of images for the application of special effects;
    • instruct image positioning and/or framing;
    • send assembled copy to laboratory;
    • relate script to raw material;
    • becoming aware of the raw material (music, photo, video, sound );
    • create graphics;
    • list scenes for applying visual effects;
    • create framing and/or camera movements;
    • speed up/slow down images;
    • participate in the artistic formatting of the program;
    • allocate technical equipment according to program script;
    • list assembled sound plans;
    • export audiovisual media;
    • multiply images;
    • review final edits;
    • sound audiovisual media;
    • determine dubbing script;


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