Film and Video Editors

risk level
Based on 853 votes
by year 2032
or $32.02 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

56% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

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Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Fine Arts

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

User poll

44% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 56% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Film and Video Editors will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Film and Video Editors' job openings is expected to rise 13.8% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Film and Video Editors' was $66,600, or $32 per hour

'Film and Video Editors' were paid 38.6% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 29,240 people employed as 'Film and Video Editors' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 5 thousand people are employed as 'Film and Video Editors'.

Job description

Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May work with a producer or director to organize images for final production. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.

SOC Code: 27-4032.00


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nuts44 (Low) says
I work for a film company that does local video editing for companies and movies all over the USA , unless AI software can adapt to network execs, producers and writers constantly changing their minds every other day, then I think the field is safe. I think at some point AI will be able to replace video editors once it gets more complex but I cannot see it happening for 20-30+ years at least.
May 23, 2024 at 07:07 AM
Clee Torres (Moderate) says
"good enough" video editing will be the death of video content on the internet, and of most video editing jobs. not all video editors work on netflix shows. high production tv is not in danger of automation
Mar 01, 2024 at 10:38 PM
Sane-Human-In-Insane-World (Moderate) says
Most people on this planet do not understand that 'Video Editing' is NOT just arranging clips on a timeline like in those typical talking heads YouTube videos but basically, it is storytelling in a creative manner.

Think of Film Editing or a Documentary. So many elements like different shots, camera angles, sfx, music, etc. need to be arranged creatively to tell a story in the best possible way. A lot of decision making is involved in every step.
This is purely art form and something which AI cannot replace...yet. Human brain is far more powerful for this type of task.

Repetitive tasks, yes...they can be automated with AI and it will help editors to reach their goal faster.
May 17, 2023 at 06:28 PM
Craig C (Highly likely) says
There are already examples of AI systems doing editing. see: it's only a matter of time until they are able to do more complex editing projects.
May 08, 2023 at 06:06 PM
Antonio (Uncertain) says
I work in post, and unless AI software can adapt to network execs, producers and writers constantly changing their minds on an edit ranging from entire scenes to the most minute of things like a graphic or music placement, then I think the field is safe
May 06, 2023 at 01:13 AM
will previdi (Low) says
Different people like different things. Although a lot of the field can be automated away today for short content like where people dont care too much like tiktoks, but as for narrative content, spatial reasoning is a requirement and the computer would have to derive spatial context from video clips.
Apr 16, 2023 at 04:10 PM
Bob (Uncertain) says
I work as a Video Editor, in some ways we already use AI to assist our work but for it to completely replace the role - it could go either way, in my opinion. If AI continues advancing at the speed it is now, with no restrictions from outside parties, AI could definitely replace video editing as well as many other creative positions. If AI is based off a deep learning model of video editing techniques and studying workflows, it is frighteningly possible.
Mar 21, 2023 at 10:37 AM
Jay (Moderate) says
AI will only get better and better.
Feb 20, 2023 at 05:02 AM
Tyler Thompson (Low) says
Yes, you can automate a computer to skim through video and make the correct cuts/put them in sequence, but I highly doubt it will go anywhere any time soon.

Watson made a Horror trailer a decade ago, and we haven't seen another AI cut trailer since then or seen any AI even attempt to make anything longer or more complex than a trailer.

Hey maybe by the time I retire we'll finally see a big, AAA studio AI edited movie, but that would be the entire marketing point and when the movie flops because it's just poorly put together (or hell just not a good movie) the suits will shift all the blame to AI technology, which they'll drop faster than 2D animation and relegate it to the 2060 equivalent of Direct to DvD movies.
Jan 17, 2023 at 07:59 PM
Shivam Pandey (Low) says
Because video editing is a job that involves feelings, we can sense the sound and the story being told.

We also know which clip fits better in a certain place, and which music and sound effect to use in the video.

AI has no emotions or feelings, so there's a very small chance, I think.
Jan 09, 2023 at 06:41 PM
Gabe (No chance) says
Robots aren’t sophisticated enough to put together entire movies, let alone 10 minute big budget films. We’re probably safe until.. let’s say February 2nd, 2222
Nov 15, 2022 at 05:21 PM
Preston (Highly likely) says
We now have somewhat capable AI tools that can generate unique images and seemingly infinite permutations based on spoken or text inputs. The permutations take little time for AI to do on a single-image basis, and eventually, they will be able to do this at one image per 1/24th of a second, or 24 frames per second.

This will be challenging for a while, but eventually, the machine learning will have enough data to be able to reliably do this quickly. It will not replace anyone in Hollywood, except perhaps for certain classes of visual effects artists. However, it will replace over half of the video marketing industry.

As Google releases business-class versions of its Google Assistant that can have a conversation with a small business owner, find out what they want, and generate images and video creative for that business owner to serve in purchased digital advertisements. This will be an included service in order to sell more advertising to people who would have never had the funds to both purchase advertising and hire expensive marketing teams to create digital ads and videos.

Furthermore, the AI will be better at placing these ad buys than any human ever could. Already, we are almost there. And thus, all but the most expensive brands, primarily national brands, will replace their social media person or their small marketing team or even their regional marketing agency with one savvy person whose job it is to talk to an AI and get it to create the ads with the creative assets.

We are five years away from AI being able to create images at 24 frames per second, another two years from those videos being usable, another two years for them to be reliable, and then another one to three years for Google to figure out how to seamlessly integrate these learned machines into their ad platform.

It's not a total, across-the-board AI replacement, but the market for user-generated video will shrink dramatically.
Sep 26, 2022 at 07:16 PM
Hritik Sethi (No chance) says
I don't think video editing is a skill that AI can ever master or even learn cause it requires creativity and anything that requires creativity can be best performed by humans at least for the upcoming 50 years or so...
Sep 11, 2022 at 07:12 AM
Omar Guitouni (No chance) says
I don't think it will be templates to do all the work. Because in the end, it's your vision. A robot can't do it by itself.
Apr 23, 2022 at 01:20 AM
Dusty (No chance) says
I don't think computer will be able to make magic in editing for a long time so for someone working CGI and big films are totally safe
Apr 14, 2021 at 07:17 PM
An Amateur Artist (No chance) says
Art can only be done through approximation and not accuracy. The human mind is the only fit for this job. Except of course rotoscope and other non-thinking jobs can be done by automation.
Mar 03, 2021 at 02:13 PM
Scottie Yang says
There will be a certain percentage that will be automated. Will AI take over the film editor, features, shorts etc, I don’t believe so.

However I do believe AI will take over editing jobs in the digital content space. There’s already services out there doing this. When you need short micro content pieces for social, this is where I see it taking over.
Sep 09, 2020 at 07:22 PM
neutralca (Moderate) says
Within complex implementation infrastructure in back end to illustrate simple interface it is likely to be taken in few years. The huge corporate brands already analyzing how people make videos in TIkTok, Instagram, Youtube and etc. Maybe in 3 or 6 years we will see there will be no necessary need for human effort or creativity to edit and monitor from premier pro or after effects... I am very pessimistic about this...
Aug 27, 2020 at 01:36 AM
Philip Lepherd (Low) says
Many large and small aesthetic choices are made by an editor. An editor can take a story in any direction they wish. AI would not have the emotional intelligence to determine which.
Jul 04, 2020 at 09:25 AM
MultimediaCreative says
There will be significant automation of processes in the next 5 years, seeing what platforms like Tiktok are doing with background replacement & auto- masking its a bit terrifying actually. I think what will become available to everyday people outside of the industry in terms of software will limit willingness to spend on services from industry professionals, making it increasingly difficult to justify rates
May 31, 2020 at 06:40 PM

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