Salary for Editors

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Also known as:  Advertising Editor, Art Editor, Book Editor, Copy Desk Chief, Copy Editor, Index Editor, Manuscript Editor, Newspaper Photo Editor, Publications Editor, Rewrite Editor helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Editors prepare, edit, proofread, fact-check and rerwrite texts to ensure accuracy and improve readability. They may supervise or review the work of other editors. These professionals also determine layout of manuscripts, and select the placement of illustrations, photos and text. These professionals are generally required to have Bachelor's degrees and an excellent command of the English language.

A Editor will most likely earn wages that can range from $33,620 to $126,800 depending on education and experience. get an average compensation of seventy-three thousand nine hundred and ten dollars every year.

can get the best pay in District of Columbia, where they can earn an average job salary of about $95,590. People working these jobs have the highest average potential salary in Finance and Insurance, where they can receive an average job salary of $90,750.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 50.88 percent nationwide in that time.


Editors tend to make the most in the following industries:

Finance and Insurance
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Public Administration
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Retail Trade
Wholesale Trade
Educational Services