Editor Salary

For Editors, Bloomberg LP hands out the highest paychecks — $101K on average — relative to the national average of $50K annually. Time Inc., Self-Employed, and Cengage Learning also offer top salaries for Editors. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $100K, $66K, and $62K, respectively. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$32,835 - $81,515
$33K
$50K
$82K
MEDIAN: $49,872
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$12.03 - $46.37
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MEDIAN: $20.03
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$32,835 - $81,515  
   
Bonus
$513 - $10,000  
Profit Sharing
$600 - $9,826  
Commission
$12,500  
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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$30,744 - $83,585  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,440
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$12.03 - $46.37  
   
Overtime
$16.57 - $78.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$513 - $10,000  
   
Commission
$12,500  
Profit Sharing
$600 - $9,826  
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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$30,744 - $83,585  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 389

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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

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

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 $89K on average per year. A common career progression for an Editor is to become a Senior Editor or a Managing Editor. Compared to Editors, the first group earns $12K more on average, and the second group earns $2K more.

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Popular Skills for Editor


Editors report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in writing, Project Management, Technical Writing, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Blogging, Social Media Optimization, and Oral / Verbal Communication. Those familiar with Editing also tend to know Copywriting.

Pay by Experience Level for Editor

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


For many Editors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $41K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $53K. Editors see a median salary of $59K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $64K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,544

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Editors in Washington, Boston, and New York — all eastern cities in the United States — make more than the national average for those in this profession. They also represent the three highest-paid locations for Editors in this country. Denver is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average. Workers in Philadelphia and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

Editor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Editor?

Editor in Redding:
"Editing Textbooks."
Pros: I love learning everyday for my job. I enjoy working from home. I appreciate additional opportunities provided to me.
Cons: Poor communication, lack of attentiveness and priority to my needs.

Editor in Annapolis:
"Working with students."
Pros: Helping others express themselves clearly in academic writing. Working on their dissertations and bringing them to acceptance of their submission.
Cons: Not knowing where the next work will come from, when and at what speed.

Editor in Chicago:
"Stress Level."
Pros: 1. When I do get a good story tip or idea, I feel I'm making a difference in the community and through my writing. 2. I get a chance to cover a variety of things and meet many interesting people, so it's never boring. 3. I can pitch ideas for stories or projects and I frequently do, but unfortunately the suggestions aren't taken unless they fit the company's specific business model.
Cons: 1. The long hours, including nights and weekends. 2. The company's inflexible attitude towards new ideas, particularly ones that look toward the future of journalism. The company cares more about how our newspapers make the towns look good more than real, hardcore journalism. (The best way I can describe it is a PR company posing as a newspaper group.) 3. The low pay, but honestly if I had the creative freedom to do more complex stories, this wouldn't be as bothersome.

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Key Stats for Editor

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 222 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Editor Salaries

▲29%

▲19%

▲7%

National Average
$50,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Editor Salaries

▲11%



Web Content Management
▼0%

People Management
▼0%

Video Editing
▼0%

National Average
$50,000

▼1%



▼8%

▼9%




Blogging
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 222 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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