Editor Salary

Bloomberg LP is a desirable employer for Editors where the median salary comes in around $120K, beating the field's national median of $50K per year. Also paying near the top of the field are Time Inc. at $100K, Self-Employed at $62K, and Cengage Learning, where Editors annually earn $62K. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,915 - $81,707
$33K
$51K
$82K
MEDIAN: $50,549
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50%
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$11.97 - $49.73
$12
$20
$50
MEDIAN: $20.26
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$0$84K
Salary $32,915 - $81,707
Bonus $507 - $9,385
Profit Sharing $496.65 - $6,655
Commission $2,750
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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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$30,840 - $84,934
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,440
Hourly Data $0$80
Hourly Rate $11.97 - $49.73
Hourly Tips $3.75
Overtime $17.93 - $80.61
Annual Data $0$84K
Bonus $507 - $9,385
Commission $2,750
Profit Sharing $496.65 - $6,655
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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$30,840 - $84,934
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 398

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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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For Editors, progressing to an Editorial Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Editorial Director can earn $89K annually. The most common next step for an Editor is to become a Senior Editor or a Managing Editor. The former position pays an additional $12K per year on average, and the latter position pays $2K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Editor


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in writing, Project Management, Technical Writing, and Video Editing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Blogging, Social Media Optimization, and Oral / Verbal Communication. Those familiar with Editing also tend to 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: $50,228

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. The lowest-paying market is Philadelphia, which sits 10 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Nashville (10 percent less) and Atlanta (6 percent less).

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 258 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Editor Salaries

▲25%

▲17%

▲6%

National Average
$50,000

▼18%

Skills That Affect Editor Salaries

▲6%



National Average
$50,000

People Management
▼1%

Video Editing
▼1%

▼2%



▼8%


▼10%




Blogging
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 258 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
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 24%
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