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Editor Salary

Compared to the national salary average for Editors, those in the same line of work who choose to work for Time Inc. enjoy much larger paychecks — $125K on average versus $47K annually. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$30,500 - $76,068
(Median)
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38K
47K
59K
76K
MEDIAN: $47,017
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$10.38 - $39.89
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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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
$30,500 - $76,068  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,122  
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $5,115  
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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$28,794 - $78,916  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,582
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.
)
$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.38 - $39.89  
   
Overtime
$9.30 - $45.09  
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.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,122  
   
Commission
$6,613 - $23,193  
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $5,115  
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).
)
$28,794 - $78,916  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 456
United States (change)

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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At the upper end, Editors who move into an Editorial Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Editorial Directors is $88K per year. Career advancement for the typical Editor often leads to becoming a Senior Editor or a Managing Editor; median salaries in these positions are $15K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Editor


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 31 percent, 27 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Blogging, Graphic Design, and Search Engine Optimization. It is often found that people who know Editing are also skilled in Copywriting.

Pay by Experience Level for Editor

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


For many Editors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $40K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $50K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Editors make a median salary of $57K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Editors, 21 percent higher than the national average. Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), and Atlanta (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 12 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Nashville and 4 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 31%

Online Research
up arrow 27%



Social Media Optimization
up arrow 4%

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

Web Content Management
up arrow 2%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 3%

Copywriting
up arrow 4%

Proofreading
up arrow 4%


Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
up arrow 13%


Blogging
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 427 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 25%