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by tom44 on November 1, 2013

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Question by whitefire: How much do people make in the film industry?
I really have wanted to be a film maker for years now. I know how to edit videos, ive been doing it for about 2 years or more now, but I want film and edit films, and make them too. I want to major in film making. I am kind of worried about how I am going to get paid. If I could support my self with the amount.
what are the different jobs in the film industry? how much do you get paid for each?

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Answer by Haddonfieldhalloweennight
Here is a movie crew glossary–>http://movies.about.com/library/glossary/blglossary.htm

according to HowStuffWorks the top five highest paying jobs are
1.producer-$ 92,960
2,director $ 92,920
3.Screenwriter-$ 95,250
4.Film & video editors-$ 68,980
5.Actors-this was fairly surprising. apparently trhe average hourly wage for an actor is $ 10. 69!
but top actors can get up to $ 20 million.

Overall for film & video editors average wage is in the $ 60,000’s.

and I got this great chart from http://www.jobbankusa.com/career-profiles/film-editors.shtml for film & video editors

State City average wage

AlabamaBirmingham$ 37,000
ArizonaPhoenix$ 38,000

ArkansasLittle Rock$ 29,000

CaliforniaLos Angeles$ 82,000

CaliforniaSacramento$ 64,000

CaliforniaSan Diego$ 54,000

CaliforniaSan Francisco$ 61,000

CaliforniaSanta Ana$ 86,000

ColoradoDenver$ 65,000

ConnecticutHartford$ 39,000

District of ColumbiaWashington$ 48,000

FloridaMiami$ 40,000

FloridaOrlando$ 40,000

FloridaTampa$ 43,000

GeorgiaAtlanta$ 66,000

HawaiiHonolulu$ 42,000

KentuckyLouisville$ 36,000

MainePortland$ 38,000

MarylandBaltimore$ 50,000

MarylandBethesda$ 53,000

MassachusettsBoston$ 82,000

MichiganWarren$ 59,000

MinnesotaMinneapolis$ 43,000

MissouriKansas City$ 46,000

MissouriSt Louis$ 39,000

NevadaLas Vegas$ 41,000

New YorkNassau$ 67,000

New YorkNew York$ 63,000

New YorkRochester$ 43,000

North CarolinaCharlotte$ 47,000

North CarolinaGreensboro$ 33,000

North CarolinaRaleigh$ 41,000

North CarolinaWinston Salem$ 33,000

OhioCincinnati$ 41,000

OhioCleveland$ 45,000

OhioDayton$ 33,000

OhioToledo$ 35,000

OklahomaTulsa$ 33,000

OregonPortland$ 52,000

PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia $ 66,000

PennsylvaniaPittsburgh $ 65,000

Tennessee Memphis$ 35,000

TexasAustin$ 66,000

TexasDallas$ 88,000

TexasFort Worth$ 38,000

TexasHouston$ 37,000

UtahSalt Lake City$ 47,000

VirginiaRichmond $ 38,000

WashingtonSeattle$ 50,000

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