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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Editor Salary

$52,535 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$25.26 hourly

Entry level Salary
$33,000 yearly
$33,000
10 %
$52,535
Median
$81,000
90 %

How much does an Editor make?

Editors make $52,535 per year on average, or $25.26 per hour, in the United States. Editors on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $33,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $81,000.

Location impacts how much an editor can expect to make. Editors make the most in Washington, New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Delaware.

Highest Paying States For Editors

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

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Editor average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1New York$66,738$32.091,004
2Washington$73,142$35.16262
3Rhode Island$65,171$31.3345
4District of Columbia$68,293$32.83242
5Connecticut$63,357$30.46119
6Massachusetts$62,166$29.89378
7Delaware$63,601$30.5839
8Virginia$60,186$28.94480
9New Hampshire$64,022$30.7846
10Nevada$59,683$28.6956
11Alaska$57,644$27.7141
12North Dakota$55,394$26.6331
13Vermont$53,962$25.9444
14New Jersey$60,421$29.05245
15Montana$55,622$26.7438
16Idaho$54,122$26.0255
17Oregon$53,667$25.80219
18West Virginia$55,359$26.6138
19California$55,699$26.781,165
20Maryland$53,070$25.51381
21Maine$56,454$27.1428
22Georgia$53,964$25.94229
23North Carolina$48,254$23.20302
24Pennsylvania$49,468$23.78297
25Kentucky$50,788$24.4263
26Colorado$48,478$23.31176
27Michigan$47,381$22.78183
28Louisiana$50,398$24.2348
29South Dakota$46,946$22.5725
30Arizona$48,456$23.30131
31Illinois$46,178$22.20366
32Wyoming$41,013$19.7241
33Kansas$47,376$22.7867
34Hawaii$44,856$21.5731
35Tennessee$43,296$20.82135
36New Mexico$42,340$20.3652
37Minnesota$44,289$21.29158
38Utah$39,659$19.07115
39Oklahoma$43,929$21.1263
40Arkansas$41,051$19.7465
41Ohio$42,732$20.54181
42Nebraska$38,740$18.6376
43South Carolina$42,589$20.4895
44Wisconsin$40,569$19.50138
45Mississippi$42,086$20.2336
46Texas$39,482$18.98535
47Florida$39,015$18.76412
48Alabama$40,193$19.3279
49Missouri$33,124$15.93155
50Indiana$37,820$18.18108
51Iowa$35,097$16.8779

Highest Paying Cities For Editors

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Seattle, WA$74,416$35.78
2Washington, DC$68,297$32.84
3New York, NY$66,914$32.17
4San Francisco, CA$62,511$30.05
5Boston, MA$62,204$29.91
6Arlington, VA$61,043$29.35
7Portland, ME$56,855$27.33
8Duluth, GA$54,160$26.04
9Portland, OR$53,652$25.79
10Philadelphia, PA$50,040$24.06
11Boulder, CO$48,525$23.33
12Chicago, IL$46,491$22.35
13Urban Honolulu, HI$44,984$21.63
14Minneapolis, MN$44,165$21.23
15Houston, TX$39,828$19.15

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. Seattle, WA
  2. Washington, DC
  3. New York, NY
  4. San Francisco, CA
  5. Boston, MA

Editor Salary Details

Editor Salary

What is an Editor's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$81,000$6,750$39
75th Percentile$66,000$5,500$32
Average$52,535$4,378$25
25th Percentile$41,000$3,417$20
10th Percentile$33,000$2,750$16

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Freelance Videographer/Editor$45,187$3,766$21.725,409
Technical Writer And Editor$63,997$5,333$30.7778,617
Freelance Video Editor$47,188$3,932$22.695,910
Photographer, Editor$71,249$5,937$34.2511,039
Social Media Editor$52,099$4,342$25.0537,769
Writer$65,718$5,476$31.6013,931

Which Companies Pay Editors The Most?

The highest paying companies for editors are Microsoft and Google according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Morgan Stanley and Palo Alto Networks report highly competitive wages for editors.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Microsoft$123,220$59.244
2Google$120,991$58.1711
3Morgan Stanley$104,213$50.105
4Palo Alto Networks$103,789$49.908
5Cambridge Associates$99,876$48.02
6Moody's$96,978$46.621
7Bloomberg$88,459$42.5320
8Tripadvisor$88,270$42.44
9Square$85,561$41.143
10Activision Blizzard$85,091$40.916
11T. Rowe Price$84,876$40.815
12Yahoo$82,970$39.8911
13FiscalNote$81,397$39.1313
14The Motley Fool$76,156$36.61
15Partners Group LTD$75,854$36.47
16Incyte$75,618$36.35
17National Football League$75,031$36.0710
18Stanford University$74,937$36.0312
19Business Insider$74,763$35.94
20Trion Worlds$73,131$35.16

How Much Do Editors Make In Different Industries?

Editor salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the technology, internet, and media industries tend to offer much higher salaries for editors. For example, editors make a whopping average salary of $66,070 while working in the technology industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $62,191 in the internet industry and $56,666 in the media industry.

Editors may want to avoid working in the retail industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $53,038.

Highest Paying Industries For Editors

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Technology$66,070$31.76
2Internet$62,191$29.90
3Media$56,666$27.24
4Non Profits$55,177$26.53
5Professional$54,219$26.07
6Education$54,024$25.97
7Health Care$53,432$25.69
8Retail$53,038$25.50

High Paying Editor Jobs

Editor Salary Trends

Average Editor Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Editor Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$52,500$25.26+3.2%
    2021$50,900$24.45+3.1%
    2020$49,300$23.70+1.2%
    2019$48,700$23.41+2.7%
    2018$47,400$22.79+2.1%

    Recently Added Editor Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Arrow ElectronicsEditor-InBaton Rouge, LA06/01/2022$91,600
    Arrow ElectronicsEditor-InSalisbury, MD06/01/2022$91,600
    Arrow ElectronicsEditor-InDover, DE06/01/2022$91,600
    Arrow ElectronicsEditor-InHawi, HI06/01/2022$91,600
    Arrow ElectronicsEditor-InCharleston, WV06/01/2022$91,600
    Arrow ElectronicsEditor-InReno, NV06/01/2022$91,600
    Arrow ElectronicsEditor-InAugusta, ME06/01/2022$91,600
    Arrow ElectronicsEditor-InBrookings, SD06/01/2022$91,600
    Arrow ElectronicsEditor-InLondonderry, NH06/01/2022$91,600
    Arrow ElectronicsEditor-InWallingford, CT06/01/2022$91,600

    Editor Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Editors the most?

    Washington pays Editors the most in the United States, with an average salary of $73,142 per year, or $35.16 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as an Editor?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as an Editor if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in District of Columbia you should be paid close to $68,293 per year.

    What type of Editor gets paid the most?

    Senior Editor gets paid the most. Senior Editor made a median salary of $85,256. The best-paid 10 percent make $103,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $70,000.

    What is a good starting salary for an Editor?

    A good starting salary for an editor is $33,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for an editor in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for editors is $52,535, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for an editor can vary by state.

    Do editors make good money?

    Yes, editors make good money. An editor makes an average salary of $74,186 a year, ranging from $30,000 a year to as high as $233,000 a year. Factors such as years of experience, location, and the company.

    How much do beginner editors make?

    A beginner editor makes between $31,000 to $42,000 a year. The top 10% of entry-level editors earn $50,000 a year. Factors such as location and company type impact how much an editor can make.

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