What does a Video Editor do?

A video editor uses digital software to organize video and sound files into a final product. A video editor is required to possess both technical and creative abilities to be able to effectively create the vision clients have in mind. Individuals in this position usually have experience working with creative software and have a keen eye for creative digital design.

A bachelor's degree in film production or related field is generally required. Additionally, the ability to work within several software programs such as the Adobe Suite is considered an important skill in relation to the position. Being able to communicate clearly with clients and understand their goals enables a video editor to bring their concepts to life. Employees who are passionate about digital media and creative content development tend to excel in this position

  • Meet with clients to establish the desired feel and look for the video to be created
  • Gather and transfer all forms of media into editing software and ensure each was updated in the correct format
  • Operate computer editing systems and equipment used for video media and effects
  • Establish a clear understanding of the storyline and purpose of the video's creation
  • Create an initial proposed storyboard draft of the video to present to clients and receive approval before beginning to digitally alter video
  • Improve video and sound quality using various video software
  • Edit video to include preselected music, interviews, sound clips and other important aspects of the project
  • Ensure the correct formatting and presentation for finalized videos according to client's specifications
  • Bachelor's degree in film editing or related degree is required
  • Professional mastery of video and audio editing software and programs
  • Ability to multitask and work toward several milestones on various projects simultaneously
  • Creative experience in filmmaking and videography
  • Ability to understand the desired outcome of a project when meeting with clients and the ability to bring them to life
  • Experience editing various video projects and inserting sound effects, music and transitions
  • Proficient in creating concept boards and other visual representations of planned edits for video projects
  • Excellent communication skills are required to have a solid understanding of project scope and implementation
  • Ability to collaborate well with other creative professionals to supply clients with top-notch finalized products
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Video Editor Salaries

Average Base Pay

$50,785 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$35K
Median: $51K
$74K
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Video Editor Career Path

Learn how to become a Video Editor, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Read what Video Editor professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Magnet MediaMagnet Media
Video Editor
Mar. 12, 2021

“The team is really close and I have worked alongside the same people for years.”

Pyramide ProductionsPyramide Productions
Video Producer
Mar. 23, 2020

“Management truly cares about my well being and I felt empowered to push myself both creatively and professionally.”

Bauer MediaBauer Media
Video Producer
Sep. 4, 2019

“Salary isn't the best and definitely not in line with the average amount for my job title.”

TEQNirvana Softtech SolutionsTEQNirvana Softtech Solutions
Video Editor
Mar. 1, 2020

“I am working in this company from past four months i felt the office atmosphere is really good”

National Research University Higher School of EconomicsNational Research University Higher School of Economics
Video Editor
Dec. 15, 2021

“The salary was soo little (maybe because i'd been a student of this university)”

GMA NetworkGMA Network
Video Editor
Oct. 5, 2020

“I really wanted to enjoy working but it was more exciting for me to go home rather than to work.”

PARTS iD, Inc.PARTS iD, Inc.
Videographer and Editor
Jan. 4, 2021

“I think yearly raises to account for Cost of living going up would be nice.”

LGNDLGND
Video Producer
Jan. 3, 2020

“My team members ensure we all are able to achieve personal career goals along with company wide goals.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a video editor

When working as a video editor, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Editing, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut and Adobe Photoshop.

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  • News Producer
  • Producer
  • Web Producer

The most common qualifications to become a video editor is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.