Editor Salary

A big portion of take-home pay for Editors — over a third, in fact — arrives through commissions. This profession's median overall income is approximately $46K. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,900 - $76,747

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$10.64 - $39.35

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,900 - $76,747  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,045  
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $6,851  
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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$29,314 - $79,084  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,878
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.64 - $39.35  
   
Overtime
$9.58 - $44.95  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,045  
   
Commission
$9,826 - $22,807  
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $6,851  
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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$29,314 - $79,084  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 524
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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. 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, skills in writing, People Management, Social Media Optimization, and Marketing Communications are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Graphic Design, Blogging, and Video Editing. The majority of those 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Editors. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $40K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $50K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Editors make a median salary of $58K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Editors, 21 percent above the national average. Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+20 percent), Portland (+11 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent). Denver is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Editor Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Editor Salaries

up arrow 19%


Social Media Optimization
up arrow 7%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 7%


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%



Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
up arrow 10%

Blogging
up arrow 14%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 401 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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