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Editor Salary

A substantial slice of final earnings for Editors (over a third) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $46K. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,588 - $76,342
(Median)
$31K
$47K
$76K
MEDIAN: $46,851
10%
50%
90%

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$10.65 - $40.03
(Median)
$11
$19
$40
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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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
$30,588 - $76,342  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,862  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $5,142  
Commission
$6,613 - $23,193  
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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$29,085 - $79,344  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,716
National Hourly Rate 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$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.65 - $40.03  
   
Overtime
$9.00 - $44.68  
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.
)
$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,862  
   
Commission
$6,613 - $23,193  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $5,142  
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).
)
$29,085 - $79,344  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 481

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Job Description for Editor

An editor is a person that writes and/or approves articles for publications, websites, training manuals, or anything that deals with the printed word. Editors can work at various places, ranging from Fortune 500 companies, to colleges and universities, or magazines and editorials. Sometimes editors can work as freelancers, submitting their articles for publication to magazines. However, freelancers have to really be aggressive in finding editing opportunities, and must have the discipline to be patient and persistent in finding and excelling at their craft as jobs and/or gigs may seem far and in between at times.

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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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For Editors, progressing to an Editorial Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Editorial Director can earn $87K annually. The most common next step for an Editor is to become a Senior Editor or a Managing Editor. The former position pays an additional $15K per year on average, and the latter position pays $5K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Editor


Editors seem to exploit a large range of skills 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 28 percent, 21 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Blogging, Graphic Design, and Video Editing. Those educated in Copywriting tend to be well versed in Proofreading.

Pay by Experience Level for Editor

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Editors. 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. For Editors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $58K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Editors, New York provides a pay rate that is 21 percent greater than the national average. Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+20 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and San Francisco (+7 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Denver, 12 percent below the national average. Workers in Nashville and Austin earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Editor Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Editor Salaries

up arrow 28%

Online Research
up arrow 21%



Marketing Communications
up arrow 6%

Technical Writing
up arrow 3%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 2%

National Average
$46,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

Web Content Management
up arrow 1%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 3%

Copywriting
up arrow 4%




Blogging
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 419 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 25%