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Education

What’s Needed:

  • Typically editors have a bachelor’s degree in communications English or journalism.
  • Those with a different academic background who demonstrate strong writing skills may be able to acquire an editor position.
  • Editor positions dealing with a specific subject may require experience related to the specific field.

What you study:

  • English
  • Copy editing
  • Grammar and punctuation
  • Writing and editing for the Web
  • Journalism
  • Editing electronically
  • Digital publishing


A Day in the Life

Editors are responsible for the nature and quality of printed material.

As an editor your thoughts matter. As the editor you get to approve the final versions of content and images submitted by staff members. Editors are responsible for the nature and quality of printed material. As an editor you’ll ensure the content of the publication adheres to the publication’s style and editorial policy.

If you want to be an editor you need to be detailed oriented and see the big picture. During the day you spend time correcting grammar eliminating inconsistencies and working with writers on rewrites. As an editor you make sure the text is easy to understand. During the day you evaluate printed material for the quality of content.

During the day you adhere to the economics of publishing.

Throughout the day you work closely with writers. You also constantly work with other people working on the publication such as typesetters artists layout personnel production managers and marketing directors. You also handle disputes between departments. During the day you adhere to the economics of publishing.

If you’re a book editor you’re involved in meetings listening to book proposals seeking the gem to publish. After you select a book to publish you collaborate with the author to produce the best possible book. As a book editor you’ll be the manager who gets books printed by negotiating contracts collaborating with authors suggesting changes to the book and editing the material. You edit books for structure and style. You may also be involved in the rewriting process.

As a book editor you’ll be the manager who gets books printed.

If you’re a copy editor you evaluate copy for errors in punctuation grammar and spelling and you also evaluate copy for style and readability and make sure the material adheres to editorial policy. You’ll also suggest revisions. As an assistant editor you’ll oversee a specify subject such as feature stories local news or international news. If you’re a managing editor you oversee the daily operations of a news department. As an executive editor you manage assistant editors and you make the final decisions regarding which stories are published and how they are covered. You hire employees create a budget and negotiate contracts.


Certifications and Licensing

Editors are not required to have certifications or licenses but many employers requires candidates to take proofreading and word processing tests.


Job Flexibility

Full-time versus part-time: Most editors work full-time. Editors’ schedules are typically determined by the type of editorial position and the production schedule. They often work overtime when they get close to a production deadline.

Work location: Editors work for newspapers magazines book publishers websites as well as advertising and public relations companies.


Recommended Websites

  • American Copy Editors Society offers an array of resources including a mentorship program especially for editors just beginning in the business. New editors develop their knowledge and skills throughout the mentorship program. Click on the membership button to access information about the membership program. The website also has job listings.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Handbook provides an overview of the various editor roles. The BLS also offers salary data educational requirements and an employment growth forecast.
  • American Society of Magazine Editors offers a 10-week Magazine Internship program for college seniors at magazines in New York and Washington. Applicants need to be full-time students and have a GPA of at east a 3.0. The interns are regarded as temporary employees of the magazine and are paid at least $350 a week before deductions.


Salaries by City

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State City / Region Typical Salary Salary Range Job Count % of All Jobs
AK Anchorage $52880 $36K – $74K 90 0.05%
AL Birmingham – Hoover $37840 $17K – $60K 140 0.03%
AL Dothan $31250 $22K – $58K 30 0.06%
AL Huntsville $42580 $19K – $83K 70 0.03%
AL Mobile $34460 $25K – $102K N/A N/A
AL Montgomery $47860 $28K – $71K 80 0.05%
AL Tuscaloosa $55940 $33K – $74K 90 0.10%
AR Fayetteville – Springdale – Rogers $34850 $24K – $63K 60 0.03%
AR Fort Smith $32450 $21K – $57K 50 0.05%
AR Little Rock – North Little Rock – Conway $47700 $32K – $80K 220 0.07%
AZ Phoenix – Mesa – Glendale $53420 $34K – $89K 1040 0.06%
AZ Tucson $45920 $33K – $72K 130 0.04%
CA Bakersfield – Delano $42020 $26K – $80K 60 0.02%
CA Chico $41780 $26K – $87K 40 0.06%
CA Fresno $52480 $33K – $77K 90 0.03%
CA Los Angeles – Long Beach – Glendale (Metro Area) $59010 $35K – $109K 4100 0.11%
CA Oakland – Fremont – Hayward (Metro Area) $46850 $19K – $86K 650 0.07%
CA Oxnard – Thousand Oaks – Ventura $53980 $36K – $105K 190 0.06%
CA Riverside – San Bernardino – Ontario $49100 $33K – $76K 290 0.03%
CA Sacramento – Arden – Arcade – Roseville $55170 $33K – $84K 410 0.05%
CA Salinas $51040 $29K – $91K N/A N/A
CA San Diego – Carlsbad – San Marcos $46160 $33K – $76K 600 0.05%
CA San Francisco – San Mateo – Redwood City (Metro Area) $58490 $38K – $97K 2310 0.23%
CA San Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara $49010 $26K – $135K 710 0.08%
CA San Luis Obispo – Paso Robles $55680 $39K – $93K 30 0.03%
CA Santa Ana – Anaheim – Irvine (Metro Area) $65860 $40K – $139K 680 0.05%
CA Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Goleta $55280 $36K – $106K 140 0.08%
CA Santa Cruz – Watsonville $38690 $33K – $72K 40 0.05%
CA Santa Rosa – Petaluma $58840 $34K – $76K 120 0.07%
CA Stockton $53700 $19K – $74K 50 0.02%
CA Visalia – Porterville $38640 $27K – $58K 30 0.02%
CO Boulder $54290 $36K – $97K 220 0.14%
CO Colorado Springs $46570 $32K – $94K 150 0.06%
CO Denver – Aurora – Broomfield $55900 $25K – $112K 780 0.06%
CO Fort Collins – Loveland $46040 $28K – $74K 140 0.11%
CO Greeley N/A N/A – N/A 40 0.04%
CT Bridgeport – Stamford – Norwalk $51360 $28K – $98K 410 0.10%
CT Danbury $45190 $27K – $77K 40 0.05%
CT Hartford – West Hartford – East Hartford $56060 $30K – $107K 220 0.04%
CT New Haven $59630 $39K – $92K 190 0.07%
CT Norwich – New London $51640 $32K – $90K 120 0.09%
DC Washington – Arlington – Alexandria (Metro Area) $63960 $37K – $117K 4450 0.19%
DE Dover $38340 $28K – $69K 40 0.06%
DE Wilmington (Metro Area) $62940 $42K – $92K 160 0.05%
FL Cape Coral – Fort Myers $56690 $35K – $85K 80 0.04%
FL Deltona – Daytona Beach – Ormond Beach $63110 $44K – $92K 50 0.03%
FL Fort Lauderdale – Pompano Beach – Deerfield Beach (Metro Area) $60460 $41K – $113K 430 0.06%
FL Gainesville $55420 $35K – $90K 110 0.09%
FL Jacksonville $52670 $33K – $88K 200 0.03%
FL Lakeland – Winter Haven $60680 $35K – $116K 60 0.03%
FL Miami – Miami Beach – Kendall (Metro Area) $60210 $39K – $141K 520 0.05%
FL Naples – Marco Island $62770 $49K – $97K 40 0.04%
FL North Port – Bradenton – Sarasota $62730 $39K – $126K 150 0.06%
FL Ocala N/A N/A – N/A 80 0.09%
FL Orlando – Kissimmee – Sanford $60460 $41K – $133K 520 0.05%
FL Palm Bay – Melbourne – Titusville $50440 $36K – $70K 70 0.03%
FL Port St. Lucie $46680 $34K – $82K 60 0.05%
FL Punta Gorda $59360 $40K – $122K 30 0.08%
FL Tallahassee N/A N/A – N/A 130 0.08%
FL Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater $58330 $34K – $94K 570 0.05%
FL West Palm Beach – Boca Raton – Boynton Beach (Metro Area) $64210 $44K – $102K 370 0.07%
GA Athens – Clarke County N/A N/A – N/A 30 0.04%
GA Atlanta – Sandy Springs – Marietta $47810 $25K – $91K 1000 0.04%
GA Augusta – Richmond County $39780 $27K – $69K 70 0.03%
GA Gainesville $39590 $28K – $81K N/A N/A
GA Macon $49580 $24K – $68K 40 0.04%
GA Savannah $45530 $29K – $94K 60 0.04%
HI Honolulu $53230 $22K – $90K 180 0.04%
IA Ames $44660 $32K – $75K 40 0.10%
IA Cedar Rapids $37890 $22K – $66K 40 0.03%
IA Davenport – Moline – Rock Island $43980 $27K – $74K 90 0.05%
IA Des Moines – West Des Moines $62020 $30K – $109K 700 0.22%
IA Dubuque $36320 $26K – $59K 50 0.10%
IA Iowa City $51440 $25K – $70K 110 0.13%
ID Boise City – Nampa $41480 $19K – $71K 180 0.07%
IL Champaign – Urbana $46130 $31K – $75K 180 0.19%
IL Chicago – Joliet – Naperville (Metro Area) $47500 $28K – $88K 3640 0.10%
IL Kankakee – Bradley $36830 $25K – $70K N/A N/A
IL Lake County – Kenosha County (Metro Area) $58040 $40K – $92K 240 0.06%
IL Peoria $56090 $28K – $92K 100 0.05%
IL Rockford $54690 $34K – $91K 50 0.04%
IL Springfield $50580 $33K – $84K N/A N/A
IN Bloomington $45150 $26K – $71K N/A N/A
IN Evansville $41030 $27K – $68K 40 0.03%
IN Fort Wayne $41670 $28K – $62K 90 0.05%
IN Gary (Metro Area) $35950 $22K – $89K N/A N/A
IN Indianapolis – Carmel $41320 $25K – $72K 590 0.07%
IN Lafayette $40840 $22K – $70K 60 0.07%
IN Muncie $42180 $28K – $57K N/A N/A
IN South Bend – Mishawaka $40390 $25K – $70K 80 0.07%
IN Terre Haute $62440 $28K – $75K 70 0.10%
KS Lawrence $59160 $32K – $94K 100 0.22%
KS Topeka $39410 $23K – $91K 40 0.04%
KS Wichita $44450 $28K – $73K 90 0.03%
KY Lexington – Fayette $35700 $20K – $61K 150 0.06%
KY Louisville – Jefferson County $39530 $18K – $84K 300 0.05%
LA Baton Rouge $49090 $28K – $71K 170 0.05%
LA New Orleans – Metairie – Kenner $41500 $19K – $75K 240 0.05%
MA Barnstable Town $46570 $37K – $71K 70 0.08%
MA Boston – Cambridge – Quincy (Metro Area) $67510 $41K – $117K 3000 0.18%
MA Framingham (Metro Area) $65970 $43K – $109K 240 0.15%
MA Peabody (Metro Area) $50960 $36K – $177K N/A N/A
MA Springfield $46710 $27K – $105K 220 0.08%
MA Worcester $53460 $30K – $88K 140 0.06%
MD Baltimore – Towson $54050 $33K – $86K 880 0.07%
MD Bethesda – Rockville – Frederick (Metro Area) $62110 $38K – $95K 760 0.14%
MD Hagerstown – Martinsburg $38500 $28K – $74K N/A N/A
ME Bangor N/A N/A – N/A 40 0.06%
ME Lewiston – Auburn $39680 $24K – $58K $33K – $65K 100 0.05%
MI Ann Arbor $52130 $33K – $101K 190 0.10%
MI Detroit – Livonia – Dearborn (Metro Area) $47570 $31K – $89K 250 0.04%
MI Flint $34450 $22K – $60K N/A N/A
MI Grand Rapids – Wyoming $40270 $24K – $61K 260 0.07%
MI Kalamazoo – Portage $30020 $21K – $47K 50 0.04%
MI Lansing – East Lansing $58160 $33K – $109K 90 0.04%
MI Niles – Benton Harbor $44300 $32K – $79K 30 0.06%
MI Warren – Troy – Farmington Hills (Metro Area) $47660 $28K – $72K 630 0.06%
MN Duluth $31470 $17K – $38K N/A N/A
MN Mankato – North Mankato $41040 $33K – $56K 40 0.09%
MN Minneapolis – St. Paul – Bloomington $56800 $33K – $96K 2860 0.16%
MN Rochester N/A N/A – N/A 70 0.07%
MN St. Cloud $39780 $30K – $104K 30 0.04%
MO Columbia $33820 $21K – $66K 90 0.11%
MO Kansas City $50260 $27K – $95K 590 0.06%
MO Springfield $39690 $26K – $54K 70 0.04%
MO St. Louis $46770 $25K – $94K 600 0.05%
MS Jackson $44170 $22K – $67K 90 0.03%
MT Missoula $37900 $27K – $67K 50 0.10%
NC Asheville $41570 $31K – $55K N/A N/A
NC Charlotte – Gastonia – Rock Hill $56280 $30K – $96K 440 0.05%
NC Durham – Chapel Hill $49620 $34K – $71K 320 0.12%
NC Greensboro – High Point $49210 $33K – $72K 200 0.06%
NC Raleigh – Cary $52370 $34K – $105K 180 0.03%
NC Wilmington $45890 $32K – $71K 50 0.04%
NC Winston – Salem $40260 $22K – $66K 80 0.04%
ND Fargo $53630 $39K – $72K 40 0.03%
NE Lincoln $28800 $17K – $66K 110 0.07%
NE Omaha – Council Bluffs $47010 $29K – $75K 260 0.06%
NH Manchester $67520 $40K – $78K 80 0.08%
NH Nashua (Metro Area) $52260 $30K – $89K 50 0.04%
NJ Atlantic City – Hammonton $56940 $29K – $90K 50 0.04%
NJ Camden (Metro Area) $66850 $43K – $92K 190 0.04%
NJ Edison – New Brunswick (Metro Area) $57280 $31K – $104K 730 0.08%
NJ Newark – Union (Metro Area) $61150 $34K – $116K 820 0.09%
NJ Trenton – Ewing $51690 $40K – $95K 310 0.14%
NM Albuquerque $39240 $28K – $73K 190 0.05%
NM Santa Fe $60750 $40K – $104K 70 0.12%
NV Las Vegas – Paradise $48360 $29K – $78K 230 0.03%
NV Reno – Sparks $47710 $35K – $73K 40 0.02%
NY Albany – Schenectady – Troy $59000 $32K – $116K 330 0.08%
NY Binghamton $34960 $17K – $88K 60 0.06%
NY Buffalo – Niagara Falls $43840 $25K – $76K 360 0.07%
NY Glens Falls $29430 $23K – $51K 250 0.47%
NY Ithaca $46900 $25K – $82K 70 0.13%
NY Kingston $40360 $29K – $85K 40 0.07%
NY Nassau – Suffolk (Metro Area) $71360 $34K – $118K 1310 0.11%
NY New York – White Plains – Wayne (Metro Area) $67760 $36K – $150K 17740 0.34%
NY Poughkeepsie – Newburgh – Middletown $49820 $28K – $79K 150 0.06%
NY Rochester $48400 $31K – $98K 450 0.09%
NY Syracuse $43010 $26K – $92K 290 0.10%
NY Utica – Rome $44300 $32K – $73K 40 0.03%
OH Akron $56510 $31K – $89K 160 0.05%
OH Cincinnati – Middletown $47920 $30K – $75K 570 0.06%
OH Cleveland – Elyria – Mentor $49310 $24K – $74K 960 0.10%
OH Columbus $59320 $39K – $98K 1440 0.16%
OH Dayton $52730 $28K – $83K 190 0.05%
OH Toledo $45320 $29K – $86K 150 0.05%
OK Oklahoma City $43910 $26K – $73K 300 0.05%
OK Tulsa $38270 $28K – $89K 210 0.05%
OR Eugene – Springfield $47840 $22K – $72K 120 0.09%
OR Medford $36590 $27K – $75K 30 0.04%
OR Portland – Vancouver – Hillsboro $52530 $24K – $83K 620 0.06%
OR Salem $63640 $19K – $76K 90 0.06%
PA Allentown – Bethlehem – Easton $47800 $18K – $77K 270 0.08%
PA Erie $37640 $21K – $89K 50 0.04%
PA Harrisburg – Carlisle $44510 $26K – $72K 250 0.08%
PA Lancaster $37100 $25K – $67K 170 0.08%
PA Philadelphia (Metro Area) $55120 $31K – $95K 1670 0.09%
PA Pittsburgh $49840 $28K – $77K 510 0.05%
PA Reading $41500 $26K – $70K 40 0.03%
PA Scranton – Wilkes – Barre $50790 $26K – $63K 130 0.05%
PA State College $48930 $29K – $75K 70 0.10%
PA York – Hanover $46020 $28K – $75K 80 0.04%
PR San Juan – Caguas – Guaynabo $39690 $23K – $78K 280 0.04%
RI Providence – Fall River – Warwick $56250 $29K – $93K 290 0.05%
SC Charleston – North Charleston – Summerville $47790 $28K – $73K 190 0.07%
SC Columbia $33380 $18K – $49K 90 0.03%
SC Greenville – Mauldin – Easley $45250 $27K – $75K 120 0.04%
SC Myrtle Beach – North Myrtle Beach – Conway $48020 $33K – $58K 30 0.03%
TN Chattanooga $35030 $23K – $64K 90 0.04%
TN Kingsport – Bristol – Bristol $32460 $21K – $59K 30 0.03%
TN Knoxville $61760 $38K – $94K 120 0.04%
TN Memphis $40780 $31K – $65K 200 0.03%
TN Nashville – Davidson – Murfreesboro – Franklin $48320 $31K – $83K 540 0.07%
TX Amarillo $42340 $31K – $56K 40 0.04%
TX Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos $45720 $28K – $84K 730 0.09%
TX College Station – Bryan $46400 $25K – $77K 90 0.10%
TX Corpus Christi $43180 $23K – $97K 40 0.02%
TX Dallas – Plano – Irving (Metro Area) $53390 $23K – $125K 950 0.05%
TX El Paso $41480 $23K – $62K 70 0.02%
TX Fort Worth – Arlington (Metro Area) $50200 $27K – $89K 330 0.04%
TX Houston – Sugar Land – Baytown $49890 $21K – $90K 920 0.03%
TX Killeen – Temple – Fort Hood $37350 $30K – $57K 60 0.04%
TX Longview $29980 $17K – $50K 50 0.05%
TX Lubbock $35520 $23K – $55K 40 0.03%
TX McAllen – Edinburg – Mission $30330 $16K – $56K 50 0.02%
TX San Antonio – New Braunfels $40730 $24K – $85K 650 0.08%
TX Waco $41550 $24K – $81K 80 0.08%
UT Ogden – Clearfield $51100 $23K – $60K 60 0.03%
UT Provo – Orem $44730 $21K – $74K 130 0.07%
UT Salt Lake City $49940 $31K – $74K 300 0.05%
VA Charlottesville $50050 $34K – $73K 390 0.40%
VA Richmond $54400 $30K – $81K 360 0.06%
VA Roanoke $47030 $18K – $75K 60 0.04%
VA Virginia Beach – Norfolk – Newport News $37620 $29K – $65K 520 0.07%
VT Burlington – South Burlington $44510 $29K – $60K 90 0.07%
WA Bellingham $38480 $32K – $61K 80 0.10%
WA Bremerton – Silverdale $66030 $34K – $97K N/A N/A
WA Seattle – Bellevue – Everett (Metro Area) $67400 $35K – $126K 1900 0.13%
WA Spokane $41880 $28K – $74K 110 0.06%
WA Tacoma (Metro Area) $63630 $39K – $95K 90 0.04%
WI Eau Claire $39470 $25K – $49K 40 0.05%
WI Green Bay $37970 $21K – $74K 70 0.04%
WI Janesville $43650 $19K – $63K N/A N/A
WI Madison $44650 $18K – $68K 410 0.12%
WI Milwaukee – Waukesha – West Allis $43400 $24K – $68K 430 0.05%
WI Oshkosh – Neenah $55250 $34K – $75K 50 0.05%
WI Racine $51120 $31K – $88K 50 0.07%

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