Film and video editors are below average when it comes to happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, film and video editors rate their career happiness 3.6 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 39% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy film and video editors are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Make-Up artist
3.7
$41k
Camera operator
3.6
$40k
Producer
3.6
$57k
Talent director
3.6
$71k
Film and video editor
3.6
$42k
Fashion designer
3.6
$45k
Model maker
3.6
$44k
Cake designer
3.6
$21k
Talent agent
3.6
$50k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are film and video editors happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do film and video editors find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as film and video editors?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are film and video editor’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are film and video editors making the best use of their abilities?

Are film and video editors happy with their salary?

Film and video editors rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.6/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most film and video editors having generally positive views of their salary.

We asked film and video editors how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.6 out of 5 stars

5 Star
14%

14% of film and video editors rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
22%

22% of film and video editors rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
30%

30% of film and video editors rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
19%

19% of film and video editors rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
15%

15% of film and video editors rated their compensation 1 stars

Do film and video editors find their jobs meaningful?

On average, film and video editors rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.3/5. Most tend to be satisified with the level of meaning they find in their careers.

We asked film and video editors how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.3 out of 5 stars

5 Star
22%

22% of film and video editors rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
23%

23% of film and video editors rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of film and video editors rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
18%

18% of film and video editors rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of film and video editors rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as film and video editors?

Film and video editors rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.0/5. The majority of film and video editors find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked film and video editors how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

4.0 out of 5 stars

5 Star
37%

37% of film and video editors rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
38%

38% of film and video editors rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
18%

18% of film and video editors rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
5%

5% of film and video editors rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
2%

2% of film and video editors rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a film and video editor’s work environment?

As a whole, film and video editors rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.8/5. A solid majority of film and video editors enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a film and video editor.

We asked film and video editors how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.8 out of 5 stars

5 Star
30%

30% of film and video editors rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
36%

36% of film and video editors rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
19%

19% of film and video editors rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
11%

11% of film and video editors rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of film and video editors rated their work environment 1 stars

Are film and video editors making the best use of their abilities?

Former film and video editors on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.6/5. Most film and video editors surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a film and video editor, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

We asked film and video editors how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.6 out of 5 stars

5 Star
26%

26% of film and video editors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
33%

33% of film and video editors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of film and video editors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
13%

13% of film and video editors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of film and video editors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars