Music Video Editors

Music Video Editor Sets Up Equipment

Music video editors perform an essential role in the music industry. They take an unedited draft of film or digital video and use specialized equipment to improve the draft until it is ready for viewing. It is the responsibility of the video editor to create the most effective product possible that reflects the intentions of the featured music artist—or more precisely, the artist's record label. There are approximately 27,660 film and video editors employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Sound Editors, Special Effects Editors
Duties Edit drafts of music videos to prepare them for viewing
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Los Angeles and New York, but jobs exist throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Music
Experience Four to ten years' experience
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
  • Interpersonal
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Award-Winning Music Video Editor
  • Music Video Editor
  • Assistant Editor or Apprentice