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Working As A Compositor

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Getting Information
  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $78,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Compositor does

  • Live action compositing for an HBO television series
  • March '13 - May '13 Red 2 & Ender's Game Feature Keying red hair on blue screen Object and BG replacements
  • Dummied page and short run layouts as needed.
  • Color correction on 2D plates for proper cast and contact shadows.
  • Fast turnarounds on "vfx 911" shots.
  • Arranged printing schedule for special sections and tabloids while tracking ad flow.
  • Lord of the Rings 3 (Feature Film) CGI & live action visual effects (Shake)
  • Proofread work and verified accuracy.
  • Lead Artist on Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011).
  • Assisted customer service with client's update.
  • Design, develop, manage and produce digital composites for various films and TV programs.
  • Cleaned up errors on native 3D shots as well as errors created in the stereo conversion process.
  • Collaborate with art directors and supervisors to composite shots for commercials.
  • Composited CG animation and visual effects on an interactive DVD game.
  • Worked on everything from televisions series and previews, to Cartoon Network bumpers and TNT sports packages.
  • Shanghai, Compositor Feature Film Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
  • Sequence Lead AE, Lightwave, Maya, Photoshop
  • Painted 2D backgrounds in Adobe Photoshop.
  • Created and added special effects into the film.
  • Assisted in modeling and texturing CG scenes.

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Average Yearly Salary
$78,000
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$35,000
Min 10%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$169,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Deloitte
Highest Paying City
Pittsfield, MA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Compositor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Compositor in the United States is $78,134 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $35,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $169,000.

Real Compositor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Digital Compositor Brainstorm Digital, Inc. New York, NY Oct 21, 2010 $130,000
Compositor Industrial Light & Magic, A Div of Lucasfilm Enter San Francisco, CA Sep 25, 2011 $127,850
Senior Compositor Industrial Light & Magic, A Div of Lucasfilm Enter San Francisco, CA Jan 02, 2013 $125,220
Senior Compositor Industrial Light & Magic, A Div of Lucasfilm Enter San Francisco, CA Dec 16, 2012 $124,406
Compositor Digital Domain Productions, Inc. CA Apr 02, 2012 $123,500
Senior Compositor Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC San Francisco, CA Apr 15, 2014 $121,763
Visual Effects Compositor Lola Visual Effects, LLC Los Angeles, CA Feb 15, 2016 $114,000
Visual Effects Compositor Lola Visual Effects, LLC Santa Monica, CA Feb 15, 2016 $114,000
Compositor Industrial Light & Magic, A Div of Lucasfilm Enter San Francisco, CA Nov 21, 2011 $112,698
Compositor Industrial Light & Magic, A Division of Lucasfilm San Francisco, CA Jan 10, 2011 $112,698
Compositor Industrial Light & Magic, A Div of Lucasfilm Enter San Francisco, CA Apr 15, 2012 $109,421
Senior Compositor Industrial Light & Magic, A Division of Lucasfilm San Francisco, CA Dec 16, 2009 $108,754
Compositor Industrial Light & Magic, A Division of San Francisco, CA Jul 08, 2010 $96,002
Compositor The Mill Group, Inc. New York, NY Aug 01, 2015 $95,000 -
$105,000
Digital Compositor Deluxe Media Creative Services Inc. Santa Monica, CA Sep 16, 2013 $93,915 -
$121,046
Lead Compositor Deluxe Media Creative Services, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Mar 10, 2013 $91,828 -
$104,350
Lead Compositor Ascent Media Group, LLC Santa Monica, CA Nov 01, 2010 $90,000 -
$120,000
Lead Compositor Deluxe Media Creative Services Inc. Santa Monica, CA Dec 21, 2012 $90,000 -
$115,000
Lead Compositor Deluxe Media Creative Services Inc. Santa Monica, CA Oct 30, 2012 $90,000 -
$115,000
Compositor Ascent Media Group, LLC Santa Monica, CA Jan 03, 2011 $59,850 -
$65,000
Compositor MR. X Gotham LLC New York, NY Apr 04, 2016 $59,467
2D Compositor The Mill Group, Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $59,467 -
$90,000
Visual Effects Compositor Luma Pictures Santa Monica, CA Oct 01, 2012 $59,134
Digital Compositor Pixomondo BTR LLC Baton Rouge, LA Aug 27, 2012 $58,436 -
$79,306
Compositor Deluxe Media Creative Services Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 27, 2011 $56,000 -
$72,800
Compositor Westernized Productions San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2011 $55,000 -
$65,000

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Top Skills for A Compositor

  1. Feature Film
  2. CG
  3. Color Correction
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Use modern digital techniques and software to convert feature films to stereoscopic 3D.
  • Color corrected, matte painted, and adjusted CG renders of plates to better match Escape center plate.
  • Color correction on 2D plates for proper cast and contact shadows.
  • Scanned photographs and edited them with Adobe PhotoShop.
  • Created & designed final compositing and sequence look-development visual effects work for animated features.

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Top 10 Best States for Compositors

  1. California
  2. Washington
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Connecticut
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Rhode Island
  7. Oregon
  8. Georgia
  9. New York
  10. Alaska
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Compositor Demographics

Gender

Male

53.9%

Female

32.6%

Unknown

13.5%
Ethnicity

White

56.9%

Hispanic or Latino

18.4%

Asian

11.2%

Black or African American

9.3%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

German

11.1%

Dutch

11.1%

French

11.1%
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Compositor Education

Schools

Academy of Art University

18.5%

Full Sail University

14.3%

Art Institute of California - Inland

11.9%

Savannah College of Art and Design

11.3%

School of Visual Arts

9.5%

Otis College of Art and Design

3.6%

California State University - Northridge

3.0%

California Institute of the Arts

3.0%

Ex'pression College for Digital Arts

3.0%

Gnomon School of Visual Effects

2.4%

New York University

2.4%

Pratt Institute-Main

2.4%

Art Institute of Portland

2.4%

University of Florida

1.8%

San Jose State University

1.8%

Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy

1.8%

University of Central Florida

1.8%

Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Orange County

1.8%

East Tennessee State University

1.8%

Loyola Marymount University

1.8%
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Majors

Animation

21.9%

Design And Visual Communication

13.6%

Graphic Design

11.8%

Photography

10.3%

Computer Science

9.5%

Fine Arts

9.0%

Digital Media

4.6%

Visual And Performing Arts

3.1%

Communication

2.6%

Journalism

2.1%

Entertainment Business

1.5%

Graphic Communications

1.5%

Computer Applications

1.5%

English

1.3%

Computer Information Systems

1.3%

Education

1.3%

Psychology

0.8%

Health Care Administration

0.8%

Elementary Education

0.8%

Advertising

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

58.2%

Other

14.8%

Masters

12.8%

Associate

7.5%

Certificate

4.3%

Diploma

2.1%

License

0.2%
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