on April 03, 2015 Media Industry News

The 5 Highest Paying Jobs in Post-Production

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Careers in Post-Production are frequently sought after and frequently given up on. Read our article 7 Reasons Why A Career in Post Production is Awesome, and its predecessor, 7 Reasons To Avoid A Career In Post Production, to gain a better understanding on the pros and cons of pursuing a career in the field. Say what you will about a career in post-production, but it can be lucrative. Here are 5 of the highest paying jobs in the industry. 

All Statistics are derived from and cross-referenced between the U.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsSimplyHired.com, GlassDoor.com, and Work.Chron.com

Film Editor


The film editor is responsible for cutting and piecing the thousands of hours of footage together. Which camera angles will be used? Which scenes will be left out? which direction will the video go in? Editors utilize softwares like Avid, Final Cut, and Adobe Premiere.

GENERAL 


Average Annual Salary: $66,690
Average Hourly Wage: $32.06

SPECIFIC

Average of Top 10%: $126,250
Average of Bottom 10%: $26,350
Average for Film and TV Industry: $74,980
Average for Radio and TV Broadcasting: $57,280
Average for Independent Freelancers: $61,270 

Sound Editor

The sound editor manages all of a video’s audio, deciding what the audience will hear in each given scene. Not only does this involve dialogue and sound effects, but music as well. 

GENERAL

Average Annual Salary: $56,110
Average Hourly Wage: $26.98

SPECIFIC
Average of Top 10%: $98,240
Average of Bottom 10%: $21,520
Average for Film and TV Industry: $73,470
Average for Sound Recording Industry: $55,670

Film Scorer/Composer

A film scorer writes and most of the time performs the music that is heard in a video. It is then up to the sound editor to dictate which song goes where, so that the video best utilizes the scorer’s work. 

GENERAL

Average Annual Salary: $54,000
Average Hourly Wage: $25.96

SPECIFIC 

Project for a Low-budget Independent Studio: $35K-$60K
Project for a Low-budget Feature Film: $60K-$250K
Project for a Medium-budget Independent Studio: $75K-$150K
Project for a Medium-budget Feature Film: $250K-$350K
Project for a Big-budget Independent Studio: $200K>
Project for a Big-budget Feature Film: $400K-$2M

Post-Production Supervisor

The post-production supervisor reports to the executive producer above him with updates on the editing, storing, and sharing of the video content, and is also in contact with various vendors during distribution stages. 

GENERAL

Average Annual Salary: $43,000
Average Hourly Wage: $20.67

SPECIFIC

Post Production Supervisor Salary at Discovery Communications: $75,000
Post Production Supervisor Salary at ABC TV: $78,000
Post Production Supervisor Salary at Vice Media: $44,000

Visual FX Artist

"The Visual Effects Artist creates imagery that is either impractical or impossible to film.” Most of this work is done using computerized technology to create worlds, characters, creatures, and scenes that cannot exist offscreen. 

GENERAL

Average Annual Salary: $64,470
Average Hourly Wage: $26.98

SPECIFIC

Average of Top 10%: $118,890
Average of Bottom 10%: $35,010
Average for Film and TV Industry: $84,610
Visual FX Artist Salary at Luma Pictures: $98,000
Visual FX Artist Salary at Red Storm Entertainment: $82,000
Visual FX Artist Salary at Title Boy Films: $120,000

The highest paying opportunities in post-production belong to the film and TV industry. But post-production is becoming important in every company. Businesses that make marketing videos, restaurants that make commercials, and independent artists that post content online, all rely on post. For a talented individual, the opportunity to earn is out there. 

 
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Nick Shanman

Intern at large. Movie buff.