Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Become An Assistant Editor

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

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

  • $51,165

    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.

Education

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.

Advancement

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.

Show More

Show Less

Assistant Editor jobs

Add To My Jobs
Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary

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 Mar 14, 2015 $77,251 -
$85,968
Assistant Editor American Physical Society Ridge, NY Sep 14, 2015 $77,251 -
$80,500
Assistant Editor American Physical Society Ridge, NY Aug 01, 2015 $77,251 -
$83,000
Assistant Editor American Physical Society Ridge, NY Aug 27, 2015 $77,251 -
$82,248
Assistant Editor American Physical Society Ridge, NY Aug 03, 2015 $77,251
Assistant Editor American Physical Society Ridge, NY Sep 14, 2015 $73,154 -
$82,000
SR. Assistant Editor American Physical Society Ridge, NY Apr 04, 2016 $73,154 -
$93,261
Assistant Editor American Physical Society Ridge, NY Jan 08, 2016 $73,154 -
$86,623
Assistant Editor American Physical Society Ridge, NY Jul 15, 2016 $73,154 -
$84,843
Assistant Editor American Physical Society Ridge, NY Aug 26, 2016 $73,154 -
$86,623
Assistant Editor American Physical Society Ridge, NY Jan 11, 2016 $63,731 -
$80,000
Assistant Editor Nature America, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $63,000
Assistant Editor American Physical Society Ridge, NY Mar 30, 2012 $61,339 -
$69,520
Assistant Editor American Physical Society Ridge, NY Jun 29, 2012 $61,339 -
$66,000
Assistant Editor American Physical Society Ridge, NY Mar 14, 2012 $61,339 -
$69,520
Journal Assistant Editor The Genetics Society of America, Incorporated Pittsburgh, PA Jan 13, 2015 $60,000
Journals Assistant Editor The Genetics Society of America, Incorporated Pittsburgh, PA Jan 13, 2015 $60,000
Assistant Editor American Physical Society Ridge, NY Jun 16, 2011 $59,259 -
$69,738
Assistant Editor The New Press Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2014 $43,848
Social Good Assistant Editor Mashable, Inc. New York, NY Sep 24, 2011 $43,000 -
$50,000
Assistant Editor, Social Media El Clasificado Norwalk, CA Oct 01, 2014 $43,000
Spanish Language Assistant Editor Democracy Now! New York, NY Mar 10, 2016 $42,800
Spanish Language Assistant Editor Democracy Now! New York, NY Sep 21, 2016 $42,800
Spanish Language Assistant Editor Democracy Now! New York, NY Sep 12, 2015 $42,300
Assistant Editor China Media Services, LLC Englewood, NJ Dec 10, 2014 $42,286

No Results

To get more results, try adjusting your search by changing your filters.

Show More

Top Skills for An Assistant Editor

EditorialStaffOnlineContentMusicVideosLayoutFeatureWeeklyNewspaperAdobePhotoshopWebContentAudioEditorialDepartmentFinalCutProPhotographyAdobeIndesignBookReviewsTwitterDVDProductionProcessPressReleasesEditor-In-ChiefFreelanceWriters

Show More

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

Show More

Assistant Editor Videos

Career Advice on becoming an Editor by Louise C (Full Version)

×