Average Editor Salary
$51,000 yearly
$18.21 hourly
Updated July 8, 2021
$34,000
10 %
$51,000
Median
$77,000
90 %
Editors in the United States make an average salary of $51,516 per year or $24.77 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $34,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $77,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Delaware provide the highest editor salaries.

Average Editor Salary By State

The darker areas on the map show where editors earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Editor average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
Alabama
$41,805
$41,805
$20.10
$20.10
Alaska
Alaska
$54,950
$54,950
$26.42
$26.42
Arizona
Arizona
$49,320
$49,320
$23.71
$23.71
Arkansas
Arkansas
$46,257
$46,257
$22.24
$22.24
California
California
$52,120
$52,120
$25.06
$25.06
Colorado
Colorado
$51,381
$51,381
$24.70
$24.70
Connecticut
Connecticut
$63,951
$63,951
$30.75
$30.75
Delaware
Delaware
$63,026
$63,026
$30.30
$30.30
District of Columbia
District of Columbia
$68,982
$68,982
$33.16
$33.16
Florida
Florida
$45,471
$45,471
$21.86
$21.86
Georgia
Georgia
$54,749
$54,749
$26.32
$26.32
Hawaii
Hawaii
$41,169
$41,169
$19.79
$19.79
Idaho
Idaho
$44,140
$44,140
$21.22
$21.22
Illinois
Illinois
$49,415
$49,415
$23.76
$23.76
Indiana
Indiana
$42,421
$42,421
$20.39
$20.39
Iowa
Iowa
$32,587
$32,587
$15.67
$15.67
Kansas
Kansas
$52,507
$52,507
$25.24
$25.24
Kentucky
Kentucky
$58,017
$58,017
$27.89
$27.89
Louisiana
Louisiana
$53,658
$53,658
$25.80
$25.80
Maine
Maine
$56,115
$56,115
$26.98
$26.98
Maryland
Maryland
$55,333
$55,333
$26.60
$26.60
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
$68,922
$68,922
$33.14
$33.14
Michigan
Michigan
$48,907
$48,907
$23.51
$23.51
Minnesota
Minnesota
$46,288
$46,288
$22.25
$22.25
Mississippi
Mississippi
$49,824
$49,824
$23.95
$23.95
Missouri
Missouri
$49,761
$49,761
$23.92
$23.92
Montana
Montana
$50,124
$50,124
$24.10
$24.10
Nebraska
Nebraska
$48,881
$48,881
$23.50
$23.50
Nevada
Nevada
$49,913
$49,913
$24.00
$24.00
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
$61,527
$61,527
$29.58
$29.58
New Jersey
New Jersey
$60,274
$60,274
$28.98
$28.98
New Mexico
New Mexico
$45,535
$45,535
$21.89
$21.89
New York
New York
$63,519
$63,519
$30.54
$30.54
North Carolina
North Carolina
$43,379
$43,379
$20.86
$20.86
North Dakota
North Dakota
$51,674
$51,674
$24.84
$24.84
Ohio
Ohio
$47,513
$47,513
$22.84
$22.84
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
$44,927
$44,927
$21.60
$21.60
Oregon
Oregon
$47,732
$47,732
$22.95
$22.95
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
$50,556
$50,556
$24.31
$24.31
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
$63,336
$63,336
$30.45
$30.45
South Carolina
South Carolina
$46,211
$46,211
$22.22
$22.22
South Dakota
South Dakota
$53,005
$53,005
$25.48
$25.48
Tennessee
Tennessee
$44,585
$44,585
$21.44
$21.44
Texas
Texas
$42,630
$42,630
$20.50
$20.50
Utah
Utah
$39,332
$39,332
$18.91
$18.91
Vermont
Vermont
$59,204
$59,204
$28.46
$28.46
Virginia
Virginia
$57,782
$57,782
$27.78
$27.78
Washington
Washington
$54,552
$54,552
$26.23
$26.23
West Virginia
West Virginia
$62,636
$62,636
$30.11
$30.11
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
$42,945
$42,945
$20.65
$20.65
Wyoming
Wyoming
$35,434
$35,434
$17.04
$17.04

Highest Paying Cities For Editor

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Worcester, MA
Worcester, MA
$69,010
$69,010
$33.18
$33.18
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
$68,987
$68,987
$33.17
$33.17
New York, NY
New York, NY
$63,704
$63,704
$30.63
$30.63
Edison, NJ
Edison, NJ
$60,257
$60,257
$28.97
$28.97
Seattle, WA
Seattle, WA
$55,295
$55,295
$26.58
$26.58
Bethesda, MD
Bethesda, MD
$55,126
$55,126
$26.50
$26.50

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Average Editor Salary Over Time

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    How Much Do Editors Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, editor salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that technology, media, and retail companies tend to offer much higher salaries for editors. For example, editors make a whopping average salary of $64,423 while working for technology companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $56,180 at media companies and $49,074 at retail companies. But editors may want to avoid working in the education industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $48,972.
    Industry
    Avg. Salary
    Range
    1. Technology
    $64,423
    Avg. Salary
    $42k
    $82k
    2. Media
    $56,180
    Avg. Salary
    $42k
    $82k
    3. Retail
    $49,074
    Avg. Salary
    $42k
    $82k
    4. Education
    $48,972
    Avg. Salary
    $42k
    $82k

    High Paying Editor Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Freelance Videographer/Editor

    Avg. salary: $40,941

    A freelance videographer/editor is responsible for processing and editing video contents, usually on a project basis. Freelance videographer/editors create their footage using their shooting equipment, utilize various design and editing software, and finish the project based on the clients' specifications and deliverables. They should also have a good grasp of digital marketing to produce impactful videos to the target audience. A freelance videographer/editor must be detail-oriented and have excellent communication skills to coordinate with the production team for content plans and perform adjustments as needed.
    6,801 Freelance Videographer/Editor Jobs
    Technical Writer And Editor

    Avg. salary: $56,348

    A technical writer and editor is primarily responsible for producing written content that defines and explains technical concepts to inform and educate readers. As a writer, it is essential to research and fact-check details to ensure the material's accuracy and value. They mostly follow directives and complete materials within an allotted deadline and format. Moreover, as an editor, they must also review and proofread materials for any errors and inconsistencies, perform corrective measures, and revise as needed.
    36,379 Technical Writer And Editor Jobs
    Freelance Video Editor

    Avg. salary: $53,957

    A freelance video editor offers video editing services to individuals and businesses. Most freelance video editors manage their own time and work at their preferred places, some even working from home. Among their responsibilities include meeting with clients to identify their needs and preferences, negotiating contracts, gathering and editing clips, and completing projects within deadlines. There are also instances when they must shoot videos in adherence to the contract's terms. Moreover, a freelance video editor must establish positive relationships with clients to develop a strong client base.
    6,829 Freelance Video Editor Jobs
    Photographer, Editor

    Avg. salary: $55,646

    A Photographer, Editor selects, edits, and positions photos in print and web publications. They work for newspapers, magazines, websites, or other publications.
    6,317 Photographer, Editor Jobs
    Social Media Editor

    Avg. salary: $43,554

    A social media editor is in charge of handling and maintaining the social media platforms of a company or brand, ensuring to produce and develop engaging content for a target audience. Their responsibilities often revolve around editing relevant content for posting, engaging with clients professionally and promptly, and addressing issues and concerns, resolving them according to a set of given responses. One must also coordinate with graphic designers and other writers, devise strategies to identify marketing opportunities, develop online campaigns, and keep abreast of the latest trends.
    20,097 Social Media Editor Jobs
    Writer

    Avg. salary: $57,412

    A writer can have different responsibilities depending on which industry or line of work they are involved. There are writers assigned in a corporate setting, some in journalism, while there are also writers in the entertainment Industry. Although they focus on varying types of writing, they all function to inform. Among the typical duties of writers involve producing content within allotted time or deadline, gather information and verify to ensure accuracy, proofread, and undergo review and revisions.
    8,964 Writer Jobs

    Editor Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for an editor can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Which Companies Pay Editors The Most?

    If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Google and Microsoft as they offer the highest salaries for editors.
    Company
    Company
    Avg. Salary
    Range
    $49k
    $110k

    Recently Added Editor Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Editor, Running Press
    Editor, Running Press
    Philadelphia, PA
    Philadelphia, PA
    06/30/2021
    06/30/2021
    $60,000
    $60,000
    06/30/2021
    Editor (Limited Term)
    Editor (Limited Term)
    Providence, RI
    Providence, RI
    06/26/2021
    06/26/2021
    $45,914
    $45,914
    06/26/2021
    Editor (Limited Term)
    Editor (Limited Term)
    Concord, NH
    Concord, NH
    06/26/2021
    06/26/2021
    $45,914
    $45,914
    06/26/2021
    Pearson
    Pearson
    Editor (Limited Term)
    Editor (Limited Term)
    Editor (Limited Term)
    Lincoln, NE
    Lincoln, NE
    06/26/2021
    06/26/2021
    $45,914
    $45,914
    06/26/2021
    Editor (Limited Term)
    Editor (Limited Term)
    Santa Fe, NM
    Santa Fe, NM
    06/26/2021
    06/26/2021
    $45,914
    $45,914
    06/26/2021
    Pearson
    Pearson
    Editor (Limited Term)
    Editor (Limited Term)
    Editor (Limited Term)
    Atlanta, GA
    Atlanta, GA
    06/26/2021
    06/26/2021
    $45,914
    $45,914
    06/26/2021
    Pearson
    Pearson
    Editor (Limited Term)
    Editor (Limited Term)
    Editor (Limited Term)
    Saint Paul, MN
    Saint Paul, MN
    06/26/2021
    06/26/2021
    $45,914
    $45,914
    06/26/2021
    Editor (Limited Term)
    Editor (Limited Term)
    Salem, OR
    Salem, OR
    06/26/2021
    06/26/2021
    $45,914
    $45,914
    06/26/2021
    Editor (Limited Term)
    Editor (Limited Term)
    Montpelier, VT
    Montpelier, VT
    06/26/2021
    06/26/2021
    $45,914
    $45,914
    06/26/2021
    Editor (Limited Term)
    Editor (Limited Term)
    Jackson, MS
    Jackson, MS
    06/26/2021
    06/26/2021
    $45,914
    $45,914
    06/26/2021

    Average Editor Salary by Demographic

    Editor Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $52,351
    female-income
    Female Income
    $48,843
    Median Editor Income by Race
    White editors have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino editors have the lowest average salary at $49,691.
    $53,000
    $52,000
    $51,000
    $50,000
    $49,000
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Unknown
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$52,386
    Black or African American$51,018
    Asian$50,138
    Unknown$49,753
    Hispanic or Latino$49,691
    Average Editor Salary by Education Level
    Editors with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $55,487 annually. With a Doctorate degree, editors earn a median annual income of $54,881 compared to $48,843 for editors with an Bachelors degree.
    $57,000
    $55,000
    $53,000
    $51,000
    $49,000
    $47,000
    Bachelor's Degree
    Master's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Bachelor's Degree$48,843
    Master's Degree$55,487
    Doctorate Degree$54,881