Editor Salary

Total annual pay for Editors is approximately $46K, and commissions account for a significant portion of this final number — over a third on average. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,801 - $76,941
(Median)
$31K
$47K
$77K
MEDIAN: $47,042
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$10.68 - $39.46
(Median)
$11
$20
$39
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,801 - $76,941  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,062  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $5,132  
Commission
$9,826 - $22,807  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,245 - $79,241  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,861
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.68 - $39.46  
   
Overtime
$9.58 - $44.95  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,062  
   
Commission
$9,826 - $22,807  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $5,132  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$29,245 - $79,241  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 519
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Job Description for Editor

For presented work in any media, an editor plays a crucial role. They typically work with words to help writers refine their styles and correct grammar and spelling errors. While there are editors in film, broadcasting, news production, and a variety of other media, a standard editor is someone who makes adjustments to material created and prepared by others before offering that content for outside consumption.

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Editor Tasks

  • Review ideas, suggest improvements, verify facts and references and perform other accuracy tasks.
  • Oversee overall production aspects of the work in progress.
  • Proofread, rewrite and edit the work various kinds of authors and writers.

Common Career Paths for Editor


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As Editors transition into upper-level roles such as Editorial Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Editorial Directors earn $87K on average per year. Editors typically move into roles as Senior Editors or Managing Editors, and those positions pay $15K more and $4K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Editor


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with writing, Online Research, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 21 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Graphic Design, Blogging, and Video Editing. Those proficient in Copywriting are, more often than not, also skilled in Proofreading.

Pay by Experience Level for Editor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Editors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $40K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $50K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Editors see a median salary of $57K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Editors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Editors, New York offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+20 percent), Portland (+11 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver. Employers in Atlanta and Philadelphia also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Editor Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Editor Salaries

up arrow 22%

Online Research
up arrow 21%


Social Media Optimization
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Marketing Communications
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Technical Writing
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National Average
$46,000

Web Content Management
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Social Media Marketing
up arrow 3%

Copywriting
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Blogging
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 405 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 24%
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