Average Editor Salary

$52,403
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$2,022
Bonus
$3,000
Commission
$1,018
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for an Editor is $52,403.
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$35k
MEDIAN
$52k
90%
$83k
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$35k - $83k
Bonus
$399 - $8k
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$350 - $6k
Commission
$694 - $14k
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$32k - $87k
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What Do Editors Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Editor

3.7 out of 5
(396)
Highly Satisfied
41Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Editor are from the companies Self-Employed, Qvc, Inc. and Pearson Education. Reported salaries are highest at Bloomberg LP where the average pay is $108,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Time Inc. and Qvc, Inc., earning around $71,207 and $61,497, respectively. Self-Employed pays the lowest at around $50,000. LexisNexis and The Advisory Board Company also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $54,000 and $56,500, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Editors?

Skills in Content Management and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Copywriting, Proofreading and Editing.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Editors?

An entry-level Editor with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $38,981 based on 75 salaries. An early career Editor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $47,166 based on 854 salaries. A mid-career Editor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $55,015 based on 671 salaries. An experienced Editor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $60,175 based on 564 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $64,237.
Employees with Editor in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 20.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Washington, District of Columbia (19.0% more) and San Francisco, California (19.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (6.4% less) and Seattle, Washington (0.8% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 2,548 survey responses.
Entry Level
2.9%
Early Career
33.5%
Mid Career
26.3%
Experienced
22.1%
Late Career
15.1%