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Editor Salary

In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $46K, over a third of overall earnings for Editors arrives through commissions. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,725 - $76,592
(Median)
$31K
$47K
$77K
MEDIAN: $46,699
10%
50%
90%

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$10.72 - $39.84
(Median)
$11
$20
$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
$30,725 - $76,592  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,811  
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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$29,168 - $79,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,778
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
$10.72 - $39.84  
   
Overtime
$9.50 - $44.35  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,811  
   
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).
)
$29,168 - $79,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 499

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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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Editors may progress into high-paying roles like Editorial Director, where median compensation is $87K annually. Editors typically move into roles as Senior Editors or Managing Editors, and those positions pay $15K more and $5K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Editor


Editors seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with writing, Online Research, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 21 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Graphic Design, Blogging, and Video Editing. Most people who know Copywriting also know Proofreading.

Pay by Experience Level for Editor

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


Editors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $40K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $50K. Editors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median 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 $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


Editors will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 22 percent. Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), and Portland (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 12 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Nashville and 7 percent less in Austin, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Editor Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Editor Salaries

up arrow 27%

Online Research
up arrow 21%



Marketing Communications
up arrow 6%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 2%

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

Web Content Management
up arrow 1%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 2%

Copywriting
up arrow 4%



Blogging
up arrow 13%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 420 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
13%

Common Health Benefits

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