Editor Salary

On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (just over two-fifths) of final income for Editors. That final number averages out to $47K across the industry. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Time Inc., Self-Employed, and Pearson Education, where Editors typically earn around $100K, $83K, or $63K, respectively. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,264 - $78,755
(Median)
$31K
$48K
$79K
MEDIAN: $47,819
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$10.75 - $43.26
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$11
$20
$43
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary 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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$31,264 - $78,755  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,287  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $5,960  
Commission
$20,000  
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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$29,447 - $81,296  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,166
National Hourly Rate 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$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.75 - $43.26  
   
Overtime
$9.92 - $50.52  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,287  
   
Commission
$20,000  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $5,960  
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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$29,447 - $81,296  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 608
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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 who go on to become Editorial Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Editorial Directors is $87K annually. Typical career progression for an Editor involves becoming a Senior Editor or a Managing Editor, roles that pay $14K more and $4K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Editor


Editors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in writing, Marketing Communications, People Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 20 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Graphic Design, Content Management, and Video Editing. Most people experienced in Copywriting also know Proofreading.

Pay by Experience Level for Editor

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Editors. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $40K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $51K. On average, Editors make $58K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $61K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,151

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

For those looking to make money, Editors in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+23 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), Boston (+8 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Nashville and Austin (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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
$47,000


Skills That Affect Editor Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 440 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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