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Contributing Editor Statistics in the US

The average employee age for contributing editors is 42 years. The contributing editor workforce reached a whopping 47,646 in 2020!

Among contributing editors, we discovered that 49.8% of them are women, while 45.4% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among contributing editors is White, which makes up 78.4% of all contributing editors. Comparatively, there are 7.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.0% of the Asian ethnicity. Contributing editors are also more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, contributing editors are more likely to find a job in the media industry.

From where do we know all information about contributing editor demographics? We analyzed 2,179 contributing editors resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Contributing Editor Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as contributing editors. Keep reading to find out what the results for contributing editors were.

Contributing Editor Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among contributing editors is White, which makes up 78.4% of all contributing editors. Comparatively, there are 7.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.0% of the Asian ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 78.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 7.9%
  • Asian, 7.0%
  • Black or African American, 3.9%
  • Unknown, 2.7%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.1%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Contributing Editors

The chart below shows that 36.0% of contributing editors speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 20.8% and German is the third-most popular at 8.9%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 36.0%
  • French, 20.8%
  • German, 8.9%
  • Russian, 4.2%
  • Italian, 4.2%
  • Other, 25.9%

Most Common Degree for Contributing Editor

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for contributing editors. The most common degree for contributing editors is bachelor's degree. In fact, 73% of contributing editors earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 12% and rounding it off is associate degree with 4%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 73%
  • Masters degree, 12%
  • Associate degree, 4%
  • Doctorate degree, 2%
  • Other Degrees, 9%

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Contributing Editor Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among contributing editors.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Contributing Editor Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the contributing editor position over time.

Male
Female
50%
47%
45%
42%
40%
37%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Contributing Editor Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of contributing editors changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of contributing editors based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Contributing Editor

By looking over 2,179 contributing editors resumes, we figured out that the average contributing editor enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 28%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Contributing Editor Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of contributing editor employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of contributing editors is 40+ years old, which represents 54% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Contributing Editors with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, track announcer and public address announcer have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Deaf Interpreter16%77%
Educational Interpreter20%74%
Events And Communications Coordinator21%75%
Contributing Editor45%50%
Sports Announcer87%9%
Public Address Announcer88%9%
Track Announcer89%11%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Track Announcer
Public Address Announcer
Sports Announcer
Contributing Editor
Events And Communications Coordinator
Educational Interpreter
Deaf Interpreter
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Contributing Editors with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to contributing editors.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Designer/Writer15.82%
Television News Reporter19.36%
Blogger, Founder22.69%
Deejay25.03%
Freelance Translator27.03%
Contributing Editor28.26%
Assistant Media Planner30.27%

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How Much Do Women Make Compared To Men As Contributing Editor?

male-income
Male Income
$55,934
female-income
Female Income
$52,774

Contributing Editor Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and Black or African American men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$60,393
$58,991
$57,589
$56,187
$54,785
$53,384
$51,982
$50,580
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Contributing Editor Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
Bachelor's Degree$54,335
Doctorate Degree$59,913
Master's Degree$60,468

Contributing Editor Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$64,711
$62,589
$60,468
$58,346
$56,225
$54,103
$51,982
$49,860
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

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Where Are Contributing Editors Located?

By looking through more than 2,179 resumes, we found that the most popular places for contributing editors are NY, New York and CA, Los Angeles.

Number of Contributing Editors

Contributing Editor Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ contributing editors. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most contributing editors is the media industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire contributing editors.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Contributing Editor Work In

Employees with the contributing editor job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most contributing editors prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Public

Private

Education

Government

Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ contributing editors. Those industries include media, retail and finance.

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Media

Retail

Fortune 500

Finance

Health Care