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  • dvguy1

    April 1, 2005 at 4:25 am

    What would be a fair salary for a full time Avid Editing position for a cable network?

  • Tae

    April 1, 2005 at 4:50 am

    Depends on how good you are.


  • Haze

    April 1, 2005 at 1:07 pm

    …and what market you’re in.

  • dvguy1

    April 1, 2005 at 2:05 pm

    5 years of experience in Nashville, TN

  • Haze

    April 1, 2005 at 4:37 pm

    No one can give you an accurate number. There are far too many variables: quality of your reel, type of industry (gov’t, advertising, corporate) and basic suppli & demad (how many Avid editors are in your market).

    The other thing is that the term ‘Avid Editor’ is a fairly broad description. What flavor Avid? Symphony, Nitris, Composer, XDV or FreeDV.

    I would hit some web sites for an indicator of what the market will pay for your skill set.

  • mark anderson

    April 1, 2005 at 10:16 pm

    that’s the problem, none of those lists or want ads ever list salaries, or salary ranges. they ask you to provide a range more often then not. no one can give the guy even a clue. yes, there are ranges, but let’s get some specifics.

    me–from cincinnati to chicago, over 15yrs television experience currently union editor salary range with overtime 57-62,000. i know a guy in dayton ohio just starting out with a cable system who was offered 28,000.

  • Shane Ross

    April 1, 2005 at 10:37 pm

    I am a Union editor in Los Angeles, and the Union base scale here is $2365.00 per week, with lower scale for smaller budget productions (they go as low as $1585.00). I have worked on productions both union and non-union that ranged from $1500 (low on the totem pole cable networks) to $3000 (network reality TV, Union Narrative TV) per week.

    But, I am in Los Angeles and this is THE market…plus costs out here are high.

    What you need to do is fine out what the median is for your area.

    Oh…and the edit system has NOTHING TO DO with your rate. They are hiring you for your editing ability, not for your skill with an edit system.

  • Haze

    April 2, 2005 at 12:08 am

    “Oh…and the edit system has NOTHING TO DO with your rate. They are hiring you for your editing ability, not for your skill with an edit system.”

    This has some truth. From a freelance perspective it’s absolutely true, but in regards to a staff position it doesn’t have legs. Most employers don’t want to take the risk or spend money training someone. They need someone that can jump right in and start cutting. If you’ve nvever cut on a DS/Nitris then you’re not even considered for the job. So even if you can out cut Murch using XDV it doesn’t matter – there’s no offer on the table. It doesn’t happen. I’ve never seen a job post that said, “Avid DS editor needed – no experience necessary”.

  • Dom Silverio

    April 2, 2005 at 2:12 am

    Actually it is probably worse for freelance in my experience. When you are hired for 8 or 12 weeks that is what you are hired and budgeted for. There is week for refresher or training. At least with permanent staff, if you are replacing another person they may take you in because of your reel and as a junior editor until you get your legs unnder you.


  • dvguy1

    April 2, 2005 at 2:09 pm

    I am doing some freelance work for the company at a rate of $45 and hour editing on a Symphony and some After Effects work. Does that help?

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