These Are The 10 Best Cities For Editors

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Editors, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.

To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer editors the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where editors get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.

So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for editors.The result is this list of the best cities editors:

  1. Boulder, CO
  2. New York, NY
  3. Charlottesville, VA
  4. Columbia, MO
  5. West Palm Beach, FL
  6. Trenton, NJ
  7. Oxnard, CA
  8. Bloomington, IN
  9. San Francisco, CA
  10. Seattle, WA

So there you have it — Boulder is the best city when it comes to being a editor.

And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a editor? That would be Bakersfield.

Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for editors and for more on the top ten cities.

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How we determined the best cities to be a editors?




Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay

So in order to find out the best cities for editors in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well editors get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given city.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.

This left us with enough data for 217 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.

In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 217 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for editors in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for editors.

1. Boulder, CO

Best States For Editors

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 340
Average Annual Salary: $73,300
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,340
Location Quotient: 2.86

2. New York, NY

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 17,920
Average Annual Salary: $83,270
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,750
Location Quotient: 3.95

3. Charlottesville, VA

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 520
Average Annual Salary: $69,420
Average Entry Level Salary: $36,980
Location Quotient: 7.1

4. Columbia, MO

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 150
Average Annual Salary: $54,230
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,970
Location Quotient: 2.3

5. West Palm Beach, FL

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 510
Average Annual Salary: $71,280
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,990
Location Quotient: 1.3

6. Trenton, NJ

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 220
Average Annual Salary: $72,050
Average Entry Level Salary: $43,070
Location Quotient: 1.44

7. Oxnard, CA

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 210
Average Annual Salary: $81,040
Average Entry Level Salary: $44,970
Location Quotient: 1.02

8. Bloomington, IN

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 100
Average Annual Salary: $54,420
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,800
Location Quotient: 2.2

9. San Francisco, CA

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,310
Average Annual Salary: $82,680
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,340
Location Quotient: 1.83

10. Seattle, WA

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,420
Average Annual Salary: $71,190
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,620
Location Quotient: 1.32

And that’s our list of the best cities for editors

If you’re looking to start out your career as a editor these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.

If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a editor in America:

  1. Bakersfield, CA
  2. St. Cloud, MN
  3. McAllen, TX

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Editors

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Boulder, CO $73,300 $40,340 340
2 New York, NY $83,270 $38,750 17,920
3 Charlottesville, VA $69,420 $36,980 520
4 Columbia, MO $54,230 $40,970 150
5 West Palm Beach, FL $71,280 $40,990 510
6 Trenton, NJ $72,050 $43,070 220
7 Oxnard, CA $81,040 $44,970 210
8 Bloomington, IN $54,420 $40,800 100
9 San Francisco, CA $82,680 $35,340 1,310
10 Seattle, WA $71,190 $34,620 1,420
11 Silver Spring, MD $69,360 $39,740 860
12 Newark, NJ $87,150 $47,330 700
13 Lincoln, NE $68,820 $33,370 110
14 Boston, MA $77,450 $34,110 2,770
15 Orlando, FL $66,760 $34,580 790
16 Santa Fe, NM $52,040 $40,230 70
17 Durham, NC $55,280 $34,890 310
18 Bellingham, WA $60,130 $32,830 90
19 Philadelphia, PA $63,820 $29,760 850
20 Des Moines, IA $54,420 $32,200 410
21 Minneapolis, MN $60,520 $31,840 2,520
22 Los Angeles, CA $77,140 $32,630 4,060
23 San Rafael, CA $74,940 $32,540 110
24 Norwich, CT $72,580 $34,590 130
25 Peabody, MA $63,930 $39,670 100
26 Palm Bay, FL $72,230 $34,580 100
27 Chicago, IL $58,580 $32,250 3,710
28 Lake County, IL $69,210 $40,580 180
29 Ann Arbor, MI $60,410 $32,000 130
30 Detroit, MI $73,030 $40,440 270
31 Dallas, TX $60,290 $33,620 1,150
32 Kansas City, MO $66,470 $25,930 660
33 Austin, TX $55,790 $29,970 640
34 Spokane, WA $63,680 $31,640 130
35 Huntsville, AL $73,440 $41,450 70
36 Houston, TX $67,720 $38,450 1,050
37 Sioux Falls, SD $61,360 $39,920 50
38 Framingham, MA $79,050 $50,260 60
39 Miami, FL $65,050 $34,750 540
40 Nassau County, NY $71,200 $33,110 990
41 Ogden, UT $58,850 $41,130 90
42 St. Louis, MO $59,160 $37,920 500
43 Montgomery County, PA $63,810 $28,160 670
44 Burlington, VT $57,190 $30,960 110
45 Tulsa, OK $60,060 $27,240 260
46 Nashville, TN $58,130 $28,960 480
47 Gainesville, FL $54,610 $36,450 80
48 Louisville/Jefferson County, KY $52,970 $29,500 290
49 Akron, OH $51,580 $33,050 170
50 Athens, GA $48,990 $31,690 60
51 Lawrence, KS $45,890 $30,450 80
52 Rochester, NY $70,680 $31,740 400
53 Camden, NJ $73,000 $45,130 150
54 San Jose, CA $87,750 $30,150 630
55 Tallahassee, FL $50,190 $33,290 180
56 Albany, NY $62,950 $32,870 570
57 Fort Collins, CO $56,140 $33,250 100
58 Blacksburg, VA $55,850 $33,700 50
59 Fort Worth, TX $60,890 $35,540 320
60 Dover, NH $47,620 $41,230 50
61 Baltimore, MD $60,900 $33,490 970
62 Santa Rosa, CA $65,650 $40,900 80
63 Port St. Lucie, FL $65,730 $41,590 30
64 Little Rock, AR $49,520 $31,110 150
65 College Station, TX $53,300 $27,540 70
66 Rockford, IL $61,400 $35,730 60
67 Iowa City, IA $42,440 $30,280 150
68 Pittsburgh, PA $55,990 $32,800 520
69 Dayton, OH $56,110 $24,990 210
70 San Antonio, TX $53,110 $27,890 580
71 Las Cruces, NM $52,530 $28,610 40
72 Ithaca, NY $57,720 $32,840 100
73 Charlotte, NC $62,270 $29,070 470
74 South Bend, IN $54,790 $35,440 40
75 Bremerton, WA $53,560 $38,480 40
76 Jacksonville, FL $54,520 $35,610 290
77 Utica, NY $72,580 $31,740 70
78 New Orleans, LA $55,260 $37,250 170
79 Ocala, FL $59,450 $34,500 40
80 Columbus, OH $54,210 $19,560 980
81 Asheville, NC $57,540 $27,630 100
82 Cleveland, OH $52,730 $27,320 470
83 Fayetteville, AR $42,990 $28,550 140
84 Springfield, IL $56,290 $34,400 50
85 Salinas, CA $54,920 $33,680 120
86 San Diego, CA $67,250 $32,300 660
87 Sacramento, CA $68,070 $35,100 320
88 Denver, CO $59,180 $28,470 930
89 Santa Maria, CA $56,800 $33,490 120
90 Champaign, IL $47,280 $28,960 150
91 Lowell, MA $68,530 $44,610 30
92 Stockton, CA $68,680 $37,500 60
93 Nashua, NH $74,400 $30,170 50
94 Provo, UT $51,510 $20,710 250
95 Bridgeport, CT $59,560 $32,650 300
96 Salt Lake City, UT $57,160 $21,810 410
97 Cape Coral, FL $69,900 $27,490 100
98 Charleston, WV $41,760 $25,660 80
99 Albuquerque, NM $54,870 $23,630 240
100 Greenville, SC $55,060 $28,340 120

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