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Become An Assistant Editor

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Working As An Assistant Editor

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $42,800

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Editor Do

An Assistant Editor’s role is to support the editor-in-chief of a newspaper, magazine, radio program, or website. They help with researching, writing, and editing articles for newspapers and websites.

How To Become An Assistant Editor

A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English, combined with previous writing and proofreading experience, is typically required to be an editor.


Employers generally prefer candidates with a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English. They also prefer candidates with mass- or cross-media experience.

Those with other backgrounds who can show strong writing skills also may find jobs as editors. Editors who deal with specific subject matter may need previous related work experience. For example, fashion editors may need expertise in fashion that they gain through formal training or work experience.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many editors start off as editorial assistants, writers, or reporters.

Those who are particularly skilled at identifying good stories, recognizing writing talent, and interacting with writers may be interested in editing jobs. 

Other Experience

Editors also can gain experience by working on high school and college newspapers, and for magazines, radio and television stations, advertising and publishing companies, or nonprofit organizations. Magazines and newspapers also have internships for students. For example, the American Society of Magazine Editors offers a Magazine Internship Program to qualified full-time students in their junior or senior year of college. Interns may write stories, conduct research and interviews, and gain general publishing experience.

The ability to use computers is necessary for editors to stay in touch with writers and other editors and to work on the increasingly important digital media or online side of a publication. Familiarity with electronic publishing, graphics, Web design, and multimedia production is also important, because more content is being offered online.


Some editors hold management positions and must make decisions related to running a business. For them, advancement generally means moving up to publications with larger circulation or greater prestige. Copy editors may move into original writing or substantive editing positions, or become freelancers.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Editors must be creative, curious, and knowledgeable in a broad range of topics. Some editors must regularly come up with interesting story ideas and attention-grabbing headlines.

Detail oriented. One of an editor’s main tasks is to make sure that material is error free and matches the style of a publication.

Good judgment. Editors must decide if certain stories are ethical or if there is enough evidence to report them.

Interpersonal skills. In working with writers, editors must have tact and the ability to guide and encourage them in their work.

Writing skills. Editors must ensure that all written content has correct grammar, punctuation, and syntax. Editors must be able to write clearly and logically.

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124,207 Assistant Editor jobs

Johns Hopkins Intrastaff
Baltimore, MD

$39,602 Estimated

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Assistant Editor Intermediate

$42,800 Estimated

Yale University
New Haven, CT
Assistant Editor

$42,800 Estimated

Fitt Nation
Pittsburgh, PA
Assistant Editor

$34,904 Estimated

Forks Over Knives
Santa Monica, CA
Assistant Editor

$38,500 Estimated

Wainscot Media
Montvale, NJ
Assistant Editor

$42,300 Estimated

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers
New York, NY
Assistant Editor

$42,550 Estimated

Davler Media (Nymetroparents)
New York, NY
Assistant Editor

$42,550 Estimated

New Jersey School Boards Assoc
Trenton, NJ

$42,800 Estimated

Boston, MA
Assistant Permissions Editor

$40,651 Estimated

CBS Corporation
Burbank, CA
Media Coordinator / Assistant Editor

$38,500 Estimated

Boston, MA
Assistant Permissions Editor

$40,651 Estimated

Bristol, CT
Part-Time Assistant Editor

$42,800 Estimated

Torrance, CA
Assistant Editor

$38,500 Estimated

Streetwise Reports
San Juan, PR
Assistant Editor

$42,800 Estimated

RELX Group
Cambridge, MA
Assistant Editor, iScience

$40,651 Estimated

RELX Group
Cambridge, MA
Assistant Scientific Editor, Cell Reports

$40,651 Estimated

Impact Journals, LLC//Oncotarget
Boston, MA
Assistant Editor - Oncotarget [REMOTE]

$40,651 Estimated

Monterey, CA
Operations Assistant / Editor 16400

$38,500 Estimated

Engine Group
Los Angeles, CA
Assistant Editor - Night Shift

$38,500 Estimated

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Real Assistant Editor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Editor, Digital Platforms The New York Times Company New York, NY Apr 01, 2013 $105,000
Assistant Editor, Avma American Veterinary Medical Association Portland, OR Jan 05, 2015 $100,000
Assistant Editor E Squared, Inc. Burbank, CA Jan 01, 2016 $82,019
Assistant Editor Big Fish Entertainment LLC New York, NY Jul 06, 2014 $78,263
Assistant Editor American Physical Society Ridge, NY Aug 01, 2015 $77,251 -
Assistant Editor American Physical Society Ridge, NY Mar 14, 2015 $77,251 -
Assistant Editor American Physical Society Ridge, NY Sep 14, 2015 $77,251 -
Assistant Editor American Physical Society Ridge, NY Aug 27, 2015 $77,251 -
Assistant Editor American Physical Society Ridge, NY Aug 03, 2015 $77,251
Assistant Editor American Physical Society Ridge, NY Sep 14, 2015 $73,154 -
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Top Skills for An Assistant Editor


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Top Assistant Editor Skills

  1. Editorial Staff
  2. Online Content
  3. Music Videos
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supported editorial staff in all activities leading to newspapers publication.
  • Managed all online content, including writing, copy editing, and photo editing.
  • Operated electronic equipment used to record and edit, television programs, commercials, and music videos.
  • Created style sheets to flow those stories around advertisements and into functional page layouts.
  • Assisted writing and editing a feature length documentary; Antarctica: Beyond the Ice.

Top Assistant Editor Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire an Assistant Editor

  1. Investorplace Media
  2. Trailer Park
  3. Depaul University
  4. Original Media
  5. The Brown and White
  6. Silver Pictures
  7. Hot Snakes Media
  8. Leftfield Pictures
  9. Smart Cookie Productions, Inc.
  10. Custom Redtail Partners-Brew Dogs
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