Editor Salary

For Editors, higher-than-average salaries can be found at Bloomberg LP, where the average employee brings in around $120K relative to the national average of $50K annually for those in this line of work. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Time Inc., Self-Employed, and Cengage Learning, where Editors typically earn around $100K, $62K, or $62K, respectively. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,903 - $81,737
$33K
$50K
$82K
MEDIAN: $50,007
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50%
90%

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$11.86 - $48.41
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$48
MEDIAN: $20.05
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$32,903 - $81,737  
   
Bonus
$509 - $9,939  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $9,696  
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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$30,648 - $83,949  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,375
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$11.86 - $48.41  
   
Overtime
$17.60 - $81.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$509 - $9,939  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $9,696  
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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$30,648 - $83,949  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 379

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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. Editors moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Senior Editors or Managing Editors. The median paychecks in those roles are $12K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Editor


Editors seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in writing, Project Management, Technical Writing, and Video Editing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Blogging, Social Media Optimization, and Oral / Verbal Communication. Most people who know Editing also know Copywriting.

Pay by Experience Level for Editor

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


Editors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $41K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $53K. For Editors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $59K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $63K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,649

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

Editors in Washington, New York, and Boston — eastern regions — enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle with compensation above the national average. In Philadelphia, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Nashville (9 percent lower) and Atlanta (5 percent lower).

Editor Reviews

Q: 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.

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Key Stats for Editor

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 218 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Editor Salaries

▲26%

▲19%

▲7%

National Average
$50,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Editor Salaries

▲7%



People Management
▼0%

Video Editing
▼0%

National Average
$50,000

▼1%



▼7%


▼9%




Blogging
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 218 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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