Editors are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as editors in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since editors are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where editors have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for editors.
After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s editors:
So there you have it — Editors is the best of the best when it comes to being an editor.
How did Editors end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for editors and for more on the top ten states.
If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
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:
So in order to find out the best states 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 2016:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for editors in California is $77,830 and the average salary in Illinois is $60,300, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for editors in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for editors.
Total Jobs: 3,530
Average Annual Salary: $69,820
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,330
Average Experienced Salary: $113,420
Location Quotient: 1.36
Total Jobs: 2,800
Average Annual Salary: $80,450
Average Entry Level Salary: $43,430
Average Experienced Salary: $131,800
Location Quotient: 1.02
Total Jobs: 4,700
Average Annual Salary: $60,300
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,440
Average Experienced Salary: $95,160
Location Quotient: 1.15
Total Jobs: 4,340
Average Annual Salary: $66,200
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,140
Average Experienced Salary: $104,180
Location Quotient: 0.76
Total Jobs: 3,430
Average Annual Salary: $79,890
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,800
Average Experienced Salary: $138,950
Location Quotient: 1.43
Total Jobs: 19,890
Average Annual Salary: $78,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,330
Average Experienced Salary: $132,630
Location Quotient: 3.16
Total Jobs: 1,980
Average Annual Salary: $59,420
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,730
Average Experienced Salary: $96,560
Location Quotient: 0.68
Total Jobs: 2,880
Average Annual Salary: $59,140
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,160
Average Experienced Salary: $94,070
Location Quotient: 1.48
Total Jobs: 5,290
Average Annual Salary: $56,690
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,190
Average Experienced Salary: $92,600
Location Quotient: 0.65
Total Jobs: 1,750
Average Annual Salary: $61,120
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,180
Average Experienced Salary: $98,010
Location Quotient: 0.82
If you’re looking to start out your career as an editor these are the states 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 states to be an editor in America:
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