Editor Salary

Commissions constitute a big slice (more than a third on average) of overall compensation for Editors, and the median take-home for this group lies near $46K. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,870 - $76,722
(Median)
$31K
$47K
$77K
MEDIAN: $46,994
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$10.62 - $39.61
(Median)
$11
$20
$40
MEDIAN: $19.00
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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
$30,870 - $76,722  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,737  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $5,132  
Commission
$9,826 - $22,807  
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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$29,273 - $79,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,840
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.62 - $39.61  
   
Overtime
$9.50 - $45.02  
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.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,737  
   
Commission
$9,826 - $22,807  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $5,132  
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).
)
$29,273 - $79,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 512
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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.

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Editors may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Editorial Director. The latter position pays an average of $87K annually. Editors typically move into roles as Senior Editors or Managing Editors, and those positions pay $15K more and $4K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Editor


Editors report using a deep pool 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 24 percent, 21 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Graphic Design, Blogging, and Video Editing. Those familiar with Copywriting also tend to know Proofreading.

Pay by Experience Level for Editor

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


Editors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $40K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $50K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Editors make a median salary of $57K. 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 $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Editors, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Editors will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+20 percent), Portland (+11 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Dallas (6 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Editor Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Editor Salaries

up arrow 24%

Online Research
up arrow 21%


Marketing Communications
up arrow 7%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 7%


Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

Editing
0%

National Average
$46,000

Web Content Management
up arrow 1%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 3%

Copywriting
up arrow 4%




Blogging
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 409 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 24%
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