The median total income of Editors is around $49K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths, in fact) comes from commissions. Also paying near the top of the field are Time Inc. at $100K, Self-Employed at $62K, and Cengage Learning, where Editors annually earn $62K. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,810 - $80,595
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$33K
$49K
$81K
MEDIAN: $49,332
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$12.00 - $43.53
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$32,810 - $80,595  
   
Bonus
$502 - $10,006  
Profit Sharing
$604 - $9,787  
Commission
$35,000  
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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$30,663 - $82,296  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,468
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$12.00 - $43.53  
   
Overtime
$16.31 - $51.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$502 - $10,006  
   
Commission
$35,000  
Profit Sharing
$604 - $9,787  
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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$30,663 - $82,296  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 380
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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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Editors may progress into high-paying roles like Editorial Director, where median compensation is $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 $13K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Editor


Editors seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Writing, Project Management, writing, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $52K. Editors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $58K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $62K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,709

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

For Editors, location is an influential factor in determining pay. American cities to the east — Washington, Boston, and New York — all offer salaries upward of the national average; in fact, these names represent the highest-paid cities for Editors in the country. Denver is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. Workers in Philadelphia and Atlanta earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 8 percent.

Editor Reviews

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.

What is it like working as an Editor at Self-Employed?

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.

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Experience Affects Editor Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Editor Salaries


Project Management
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People Management
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writing
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Web Content Management
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Content Management
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National Average
$49,000

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Blogging
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 229 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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