These Are The 10 Best States For Editors

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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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:

  1. Virginia
  2. New Jersey
  3. Illinois
  4. Florida
  5. Massachusetts
  6. New York
  7. North Carolina
  8. Minnesota
  9. Texas
  10. Washington

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:

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How we determined the best states to be an editor

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
  • Higher Pay

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:

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

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.

1. Virginia

Best States For Editors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,530
Average Annual Salary: $69,820
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,330
Average Experienced Salary: $113,420
Location Quotient: 1.36

2. New Jersey

Best States For Editors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,800
Average Annual Salary: $80,450
Average Entry Level Salary: $43,430
Average Experienced Salary: $131,800
Location Quotient: 1.02

3. Illinois

Best States For Editors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,700
Average Annual Salary: $60,300
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,440
Average Experienced Salary: $95,160
Location Quotient: 1.15

4. Florida

Best States For Editors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,340
Average Annual Salary: $66,200
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,140
Average Experienced Salary: $104,180
Location Quotient: 0.76

5. Massachusetts

Best States For Editors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,430
Average Annual Salary: $79,890
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,800
Average Experienced Salary: $138,950
Location Quotient: 1.43

6. New York

Best States For Editors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 19,890
Average Annual Salary: $78,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,330
Average Experienced Salary: $132,630
Location Quotient: 3.16

7. North Carolina

Best States For Editors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,980
Average Annual Salary: $59,420
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,730
Average Experienced Salary: $96,560
Location Quotient: 0.68

8. Minnesota

Best States For Editors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,880
Average Annual Salary: $59,140
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,160
Average Experienced Salary: $94,070
Location Quotient: 1.48

9. Texas

Best States For Editors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,290
Average Annual Salary: $56,690
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,190
Average Experienced Salary: $92,600
Location Quotient: 0.65

10. Washington

Best States For Editors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,750
Average Annual Salary: $61,120
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,180
Average Experienced Salary: $98,010
Location Quotient: 0.82

There You Have It – The Best States To Be An Editor

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:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Alaska
  3. Mississippi

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For editors

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Virginia $69,820 $34,330 3,530
2 New Jersey $80,450 $43,430 2,800
3 Illinois $60,300 $30,440 4,700
4 Florida $66,200 $32,140 4,340
5 Massachusetts $79,890 $35,800 3,430
6 New York $78,370 $35,330 19,890
7 North Carolina $59,420 $28,730 1,980
8 Minnesota $59,140 $28,160 2,880
9 Texas $56,690 $27,190 5,290
10 Washington $61,120 $33,180 1,750
11 Georgia $55,870 $22,550 2,180
12 Ohio $57,200 $27,750 2,250
13 Delaware $65,020 $35,190 130
14 Pennsylvania $59,230 $28,940 3,100
15 Michigan $57,490 $24,200 1,510
16 Missouri $55,620 $26,920 950
17 California $77,830 $33,390 10,880
18 Utah $53,760 $22,760 860
19 Colorado $58,130 $27,120 1,860
20 Tennessee $50,950 $26,060 1,150
21 Arizona $53,040 $30,800 1,120
22 Iowa $45,170 $25,810 1,070
23 Maryland $64,040 $33,640 2,210
24 Alabama $52,260 $27,390 660
25 Oklahoma $45,780 $24,210 750
26 New Mexico $55,460 $22,510 360
27 Nevada $53,400 $31,960 460
28 Arkansas $44,740 $25,880 490
29 Connecticut $62,190 $32,310 960
30 Wisconsin $45,220 $25,470 1,800
31 Indiana $48,480 $19,140 1,380
32 Nebraska $48,220 $21,070 460
33 New Hampshire $49,890 $32,590 440
34 South Carolina $46,600 $24,460 880
35 Maine $51,970 $26,840 430
36 Kansas $50,510 $19,610 550
37 Vermont $51,820 $29,520 300
38 West Virginia $47,480 $27,190 230
39 South Dakota $49,040 $28,230 170
40 Louisiana $47,520 $24,480 490
41 Kentucky $45,650 $19,960 780
42 Idaho $39,540 $21,040 400
43 North Dakota $43,820 $22,910 170
44 Wyoming $40,270 $19,310 140
45 Oregon $50,450 $24,710 810
46 Montana $37,750 $19,190 240
47 Rhode Island $48,640 $20,000 230
48 Mississippi $38,660 $18,660 380
49 Alaska $55,550 $33,140 90
50 Hawaii $55,320 $26,810 240

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