Graduate Salary
2-4 years
Avg Length

Film Editing Requirements

Editors work closely with the director of a film, mostly during post-production. Film editors work long hours manipulating scenes with technical video editing equipment and putting together preliminary versions of the film, known as cuts. The cuts are then revised until the final cut of the movie is ready for audiences.

Film Editing is offered at the certificate, associate's, bachelor's and master's levels. An Associate of Arts in Film Editing takes two years to complete and can be found at film schools and community colleges. Bachelor's degree programs are offered at film schools. Students are required to take other courses in film studies, but can concentrate on editing. A Master's of Fine Arts in Film Editing is highly personalized. Some courses are required, but students focus on coursework specific to their interests, and the primary focus is on creating original projects such as a thesis.

Film Editing Careers

The career trajectory of people with a Film Editing degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Film Editing degrees have experience in is Film and Video Editor, followed by Film Director, Filmmaker, Camera Operator, Substance Abuse Social Worker, Producer, Videographer, Audio Engineer, Set Designer, and Cinematographer.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Film and Video Editor 12.6% 0.3% 48.2×
Film Director 4.6% 0.1% 38.8×
Filmmaker 5.9% 0.2% 27.4×
Camera Operator 2.1% 0.1% 20.7×
Substance Abuse Social Worker 0.9% 0.0% 64.9×
Producer 4.4% 0.3% 16.8×
Videographer 1.6% 0.1% 20.6×
Audio Engineer 1.5% 0.2% 8.8×
Set Designer 0.6% 0.0% 14.9×
Cinematographer 1.4% 0.0% 65.4×

Film Editing Salary

Film Editing graduates earn on average $k, putting them in the bottom percentile of earners with a degree.

Percentile Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
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Film Editing Underemployment

Film Editing graduates are highly employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.

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