Average Editor Salary

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The average salary for an Editor is $51,349.
MEDIAN $51,349
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$34k - $83k
$483 - $10k
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$492 - $8k
$509 - $15k
Total Pay
$31k - $86k

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Job Description for Editor

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.
The top respondents for the job title Editor are from the companies Self-Employed, Pearson Education and Qvc, Inc.. 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. Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc pays the lowest at around $37,000. Gatehouse Media, Inc. and Self-Employed also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $37,500 and $50,000, respectively.

Career Paths

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Managing Editor
Content Manager
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Editor

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

Pay by Experience Level for Editor

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 $38,566 based on 106 salaries. An early career Editor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $45,579 based on 1,063 salaries. A mid-career Editor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $54,475 based on 783 salaries. An experienced Editor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $59,058 based on 719 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $64,766.
Employees with Editor in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 18.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (18.1% more) and Washington, District of Columbia (17.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (3.9% less) and Seattle, Washington (0.2% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 3,133 survey responses.
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