Editor Salary

Bloomberg LP lures Editors with larger-than-average paychecks: Editors at this company make a median salary of $120K, much more than the $50K annually-national average for those in this area of work. Soaring salaries can also be found at Time Inc., Self-Employed, and Cengage Learning, where earnings of $100K, $62K, or $62K are standard for Editors. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$32,659 - $82,267
$33K
$50K
$82K
MEDIAN: $50,237
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50%
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$11.82 - $49.18
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MEDIAN: $19.97
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$0$85K
Salary $32,659 - $82,267
Bonus $509 - $9,831
Profit Sharing $550 - $5,400
Commission $5,000
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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$30,565 - $85,355
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,404
Hourly Data $0$82
Hourly Rate $11.82 - $49.18
Overtime $15.55 - $82.51
Annual Data $0$85K
Bonus $509 - $9,831
Commission $5,000
Profit Sharing $550 - $5,400
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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$30,565 - $85,355
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 389

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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

  • Proofread, rewrite and edit the work various kinds of authors and writers.
  • Oversee overall production aspects of the work in progress.
  • Review ideas, suggest improvements, verify facts and references and perform other accuracy tasks.

Common Career Paths for Editor


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As Editors transition into upper-level roles such as Editorial Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Editorial Directors earn $89K on average per year. Senior Editors or Managing Editors are common next-step roles for Editors moving up in their careers; annual pay for Senior Editors is $12K higher on average, and it's $2K higher for Managing Editors.

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Popular Skills for Editor


Survey results imply that Editors deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in writing, Project Management, Technical Writing, and Video Editing are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Blogging, Social Media Optimization, and Oral / Verbal Communication. Most people who know Editing also know Copywriting.

Pay by Experience Level for Editor

Pay by Experience for an Editor has a positive trend. An entry-level Editor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 847 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Editor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 548 salaries. An experienced Editor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 497 salaries. An Editor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 277 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,806

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

For Editors, above-average compensation can be found going east — in Washington, New York, and Boston, in particular. Philadelphia ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Nashville (10 percent lower) and Atlanta (6 percent lower).

Editor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Editor?

Editor in San Francisco:
"It's okay."
Pros: Flexible hours, nice office, transparent upper management.
Cons: No variety. I want to be a journalist.

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.

Editor in El Segundo:
Pros: The people are great to work with. And the culture is amazing.
Cons: The commute to and from work is way too long.

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Key Stats for Editor

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 252 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Editor Salaries

▲26%

▲18%

▲7%

National Average
$50,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Editor Salaries

▲6%



People Management
▼0%

Video Editing
▼0%

National Average
$50,000

▼1%



▼8%


▼9%




Blogging
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 252 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 23%
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