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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

27-4032 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. Excludes “Sound Engineering Technicians” (27-4014).


National estimates for Film and Video Editors
Industry profile for Film and Video Editors
Geographic profile for Film and Video Editors

National estimates for Film and Video Editors:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Film and Video Editors:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
28,030 8.2 % $ 36.54 $ 76,000 4.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Film and Video Editors:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.82 $ 22.76 $ 30.13 $ 47.09 $ 66.79
Annual Wage (2) $ 37,060 $ 47,350 $ 62,680 $ 97,950 $ 138,910


Industry profile for Film and Video Editors:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Film and Video Editors are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Film and Video Editors, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Film and Video Editors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 17,400 5.52 $ 39.54 $ 82,240
Radio and Television Broadcasting 2,390 1.26 $ 29.41 $ 61,160
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 1,220 0.28 $ 37.08 $ 77,130
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 590 1.24 $ 33.12 $ 68,890
Other Information Services 580 0.16 $ 27.99 $ 58,230

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Film and Video Editors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 17,400 5.52 $ 39.54 $ 82,240
Radio and Television Broadcasting 2,390 1.26 $ 29.41 $ 61,160
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 590 1.24 $ 33.12 $ 68,890
Sound Recording Industries 210 1.22 (8) (8)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 410 0.90 $ 26.89 $ 55,930

Top paying industries for Film and Video Editors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $ 44.61 $ 92,780
Employment Services 270 0.01 $ 43.94 $ 91,390
Motion Picture and Video Industries 17,400 5.52 $ 39.54 $ 82,240
Specialized Design Services 190 0.14 $ 39.09 $ 81,310
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 520 0.05 $ 38.03 $ 79,110


Geographic profile for Film and Video Editors:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Film and Video Editors are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Film and Video Editors, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of film and video editors by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Film and Video Editors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 10,800 0.65 3.28 $ 39.43 $ 82,010
New York 4,570 0.53 2.65 $ 52.49 $ 109,190
Texas 1,430 0.12 0.59 $ 26.67 $ 55,480
Florida 1,300 0.15 0.76 $ 26.59 $ 55,300
Illinois 1,080 0.19 0.97 $ 31.33 $ 65,170


Map of location quotient of film and video editors by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Film and Video Editors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 10,800 0.65 3.28 $ 39.43 $ 82,010
New York 4,570 0.53 2.65 $ 52.49 $ 109,190
Montana 180 0.39 1.96 $ 27.66 $ 57,520
District of Columbia 230 0.34 1.73 $ 38.60 $ 80,290
Utah 380 0.24 1.23 $ 27.61 $ 57,420


Map of annual mean wages of film and video editors by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Film and Video Editors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 4,570 0.53 2.65 $ 52.49 $ 109,190
New Hampshire 70 0.10 0.52 $ 47.50 $ 98,790
California 10,800 0.65 3.28 $ 39.43 $ 82,010
District of Columbia 230 0.34 1.73 $ 38.60 $ 80,290
Connecticut 370 0.23 1.17 $ 36.62 $ 76,160



Map of employment of film and video editors by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Film and Video Editors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 8,880 1.55 7.80 $ 39.96 $ 83,110
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,530 0.52 2.63 $ 52.17 $ 108,500
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 890 0.21 1.06 $ 33.03 $ 68,710
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 710 0.32 1.60 $ 42.75 $ 88,920
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 520 0.20 1.00 $ 29.53 $ 61,420
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 480 0.20 0.98 $ 28.40 $ 59,070
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 410 0.14 0.70 $ 35.64 $ 74,120
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 390 0.11 0.55 $ 28.81 $ 59,920
Austin-Round Rock, TX 370 0.34 1.71 $ 28.43 $ 59,130
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 290 0.11 0.55 $ 32.77 $ 68,160


Map of location quotient of film and video editors by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Film and Video Editors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 8,880 1.55 7.80 $ 39.96 $ 83,110
Missoula, MT 40 0.69 3.48 $ 25.72 $ 53,500
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,530 0.52 2.63 $ 52.17 $ 108,500
Provo-Orem, UT 130 0.47 2.35 $ 27.16 $ 56,500
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 220 0.41 2.05 $ 37.25 $ 77,470
Austin-Round Rock, TX 370 0.34 1.71 $ 28.43 $ 59,130
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 710 0.32 1.60 $ 42.75 $ 88,920
Tyler, TX 30 0.31 1.58 $ 14.25 $ 29,630
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 250 0.26 1.30 $ 34.25 $ 71,240
Knoxville, TN 90 0.24 1.22 $ 33.53 $ 69,740


Map of annual mean wages of film and video editors by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Film and Video Editors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,530 0.52 2.63 $ 52.17 $ 108,500
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 710 0.32 1.60 $ 42.75 $ 88,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 8,880 1.55 7.80 $ 39.96 $ 83,110
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 190 0.10 0.49 $ 38.37 $ 79,820
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 90 0.24 1.18 $ 38.36 $ 79,790
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 220 0.41 2.05 $ 37.25 $ 77,470
Rochester, NY 30 0.07 0.37 $ 37.17 $ 77,310
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 210 0.20 1.00 $ 36.57 $ 76,070
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 410 0.14 0.70 $ 35.64 $ 74,120
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 140 0.10 0.48 $ 34.83 $ 72,440

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Film and Video Editors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.42 2.13 $ 32.44 $ 67,460

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Film and Video Editors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.42 2.13 $ 32.44 $ 67,460

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Film and Video Editors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.42 2.13 $ 32.44 $ 67,460


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022