Editor Statistics in the US

The average employee age for editors is 42 years. The editor workforce reached a whopping 80,828 in 2020!

Among editors, we discovered that 50.6% of them are women, while 44.5% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among editors is White, which makes up 78.2% of all editors. Comparatively, there are 7.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.1% of the Asian ethnicity. The majority of editors are located in NY, New York and CA, Los Angeles.

Editors are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, editors are more likely to find a job in the media industry. Looking at editor statistics, we found was that Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and Delaware are where editors find the highest salaries.

From where do we know all information about editor demographics? We analyzed 54,677 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.

Editor Diversity

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

Editor Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among editors is White, which makes up 78.2% of all editors. Comparatively, there are 7.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.1% of the Asian ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 78.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 7.9%
  • Asian, 7.1%
  • Black or African American, 4.0%
  • Unknown, 2.7%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.1%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Editors

The chart below shows that 39.9% of editors speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 17.5% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 6.2%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 39.9%
  • French, 17.5%
  • Chinese, 6.2%
  • German, 6.1%
  • Mandarin, 5.2%
  • Other, 25.1%

Most Common Degree for Editor

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for editors. The most common degree for editors is bachelor's degree. In fact, 64% of editors earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 18% and rounding it off is associate degree with 6%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 71%
  • Masters degree, 10%
  • Certificate degree, 8%
  • Associate degree, 6%
  • Other Degrees, 5%

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 editors.

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

Editor Gender Over Time

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


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 editors changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

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


Number Of Years On The Job For Editor

By looking over 54,677 editors resumes, we figured out that the average editor enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 35%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Editor Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of editor employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of 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 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
Deaf Interpreter16%77%
Educational Interpreter20%74%
Events And Communications Coordinator21%75%
Sports Announcer87%9%
Public Address Announcer88%9%
Track Announcer89%11%
Track Announcer
Public Address Announcer
Sports Announcer
Events And Communications Coordinator
Educational Interpreter
Deaf Interpreter

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of 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 editors.

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Job Titleascdesc
Song Writer15.82%
Freelance Reporter19.36%
Short Story Writer22.69%
Radio Announcer25.03%
Court Interpreter27.03%
Digital Media Consultant30.27%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Editor?

Male Income
Female Income

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
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

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
Bachelor's Degree$50,569
Doctorate Degree$56,821
Master's Degree$57,449

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
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

Editor Heatmaps

The amount you can make as an editor can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of editors is $45,959. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Editors Earn The Most?

The map here shows where editors earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Editors Located?

By looking through more than 54,677 resumes, we found that the most popular places for editors are NY, New York and CA, Los Angeles.

Number of Editors

Where Are Editors In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country editors are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Editor Employment Statistics

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

What Percentage Of Editor Jobs Are Remote?

18.4% Remote

Freelance, outsourced or remote workers who spend much of their time working from home.

81.6% On-Site

Some of the vacancies require to stay on-site without possibility of working remotely.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire 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 Editor Work In

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

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Industry Concentration

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

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