Editor Salary

Editors in search of top-notch pay will find it at Bloomberg LP, where the median salary of $120K trumps the $50K per year-national average for those in this profession. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Time Inc., Self-Employed, and Cengage Learning, where Editors typically earn around $100K, $62K, or $62K, respectively. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,644 - $81,803
$33K
$50K
$82K
MEDIAN: $50,175
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$11.79 - $48.27
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$48
MEDIAN: $19.76
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$32,644 - $81,803  
   
Bonus
$510 - $9,940  
Profit Sharing
$625 - $8,400  
Commission
$5,000  
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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$30,451 - $84,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,439
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$11.79 - $48.27  
   
Overtime
$16.73 - $78.55  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$510 - $9,940  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$625 - $8,400  
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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$30,451 - $84,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 393

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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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For Editors, progressing to an Editorial Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Editorial Director can earn $89K annually. Editors moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Senior Editors or Managing Editors. The median paychecks in those roles are $12K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Editor


Survey results imply that Editors deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in writing, Project Management, Technical Writing, and Video Editing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Blogging, Social Media Optimization, and Oral / Verbal Communication. For most people, competency in Editing indicates knowledge of Copywriting.

Pay by Experience Level for Editor

Pay by Experience for an Editor has a positive trend. An entry-level Editor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 847 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Editor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 548 salaries. An experienced Editor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 497 salaries. An Editor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 277 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,681

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

For Editors, Washington, New York, and Boston, three eastern American cities, are home to the highest salaries in the country, all offering a rate above the national average. Philadelphia ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Nashville (9 percent lower) and Atlanta (5 percent lower).

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 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
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 240 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Editor Salaries

▲26%

▲19%

▲7%

National Average
$50,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Editor Salaries

▲7%



People Management
▼0%

Video Editing
▼0%

National Average
$50,000

▼1%



▼7%


▼9%




Blogging
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 240 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 24%
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