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Working As A Fashion 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

  • $74,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Fashion Editor Do

Editors plan, review, and revise content for publication.

Duties

Editors typically do the following:

  • Read content and correct spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors
  • Rewrite text to make it easier for readers to understand
  • Verify facts using standard reference sources
  • Evaluate submissions from writers to decide what to publish
  • Work with writers to help their ideas and stories succeed
  • Develop story and content ideas according to the publication’s style and editorial policy
  • Allocate space for the text, photos, and illustrations that make up a story
  • Approve final versions submitted by staff

Editors plan, coordinate, and revise material for publication in books, newspapers, magazines, or websites. Editors review story ideas and decide what material will appeal most to readers. During the review process, editors offer comments to improve the product, and suggest titles and headlines. In smaller organizations, a single editor may perform all of the editorial duties or share them with only a few other people.

The following are examples of types of editors:

Copy editors review text for errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling and check for readability, style, and agreement with editorial policy. They suggest revisions, such as changing words and rearranging sentences and paragraphs to improve clarity or accuracy. They also may carry out research, confirm sources for writers, and verify facts, dates, and statistics. In addition, they may arrange page layouts of articles, photographs, and advertising.

Publication assistants who work for book-publishing houses may read and evaluate manuscripts submitted by freelance writers, proofread uncorrected drafts, and answer questions about published material. Assistants on small newspapers or in smaller media markets may compile articles available from wire services or the Internet, answer phones, and proofread articles.

Assistant editors are responsible for a particular subject, such as local news, international news, feature stories, or sports. Most assistant editors work for newspaper publishers, television broadcasters, magazines, book publishers, or advertising and public relations firms.

Executive editors oversee assistant editors and generally have the final say about what stories are published and how they are covered. Executive editors typically hire writers, reporters, and other employees. They also plan budgets and negotiate contracts with freelance writers, who are sometimes called “stringers” in the news industry. Although many executive editors work for newspaper publishers, some work for television broadcasters, magazines, or advertising and public relations firms.

Managing editors typically work for magazines, newspaper publishers, and television broadcasters, and are responsible for the daily operations of a news department.

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How To Become A Fashion 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.

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Fashion Editor Career Paths

Fashion Editor
Fashion Director Creative Director Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Fashion Director Creative Director Marketing Vice President
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
Fashion Director Creative Director Communications Director
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Owner Marketing Director
Brand Director
10 Yearsyrs
Owner President/Owner Marketing Director
Director Of Marketing And Public Relations
6 Yearsyrs
Owner Founder Public Relations Director
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Public Relations Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
7 Yearsyrs
Public Relations Manager Marketing Manager Digital Marketing Manager
Director Of Digital Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Public Relations Manager Marketing Manager Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Social Media Manager Founder Art Director
Advertising Director
6 Yearsyrs
Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Social Media Manager Content Strategist Content Manager
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Content Manager
Senior Content Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Senior Technical Writer
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Senior Copywriter Content Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Production Manager Print Production Manager
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Marketing Manager Marketing Program Manager
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Communications Manager Internal Communications Manager
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$74,000
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$38,000
Min 10%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$145,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Dow Jones
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
2.2 years
How much does a Fashion Editor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Fashion Editor in the United States is $74,701 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $145,000.

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Top Skills for A Fashion Editor

  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. Photo Shoots
  3. Graphic Design
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed my own clients, designed advertising with Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator and promoted clients' businesses with social media.
  • Provided on-set assistance to Fashion Director and Creative Director for editorial photo shoots.
  • Maintain rapport with photographers, models, and graphic designers to prepare for editorial photoshoots and photo spreads.
  • Attend fashion shows and special events to collect information on trends, preview designers work, and create network opportunities.
  • Help run various Cosmopolitan events such as the fun, fearless awards and issue launch/fashion week parties.

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Top 10 Best States for Fashion Editors

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  2. Massachusetts
  3. New York
  4. Connecticut
  5. Virginia
  6. California
  7. New Jersey
  8. Alabama
  9. Washington
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Fashion Editor Demographics

Gender

Female

65.3%

Male

18.5%

Unknown

16.2%
Ethnicity

White

54.4%

Hispanic or Latino

17.5%

Asian

12.3%

Black or African American

11.7%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.4%

French

26.0%

Chinese

6.3%

Mandarin

5.2%

Portuguese

5.2%

Italian

4.2%

Korean

2.1%

Russian

2.1%

German

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%

Turkish

1.0%

Hmong

1.0%

Dutch

1.0%

Filipino

1.0%

Norwegian

1.0%

Thai

1.0%

Afrikaans

1.0%

Finnish

1.0%

Cantonese

1.0%

Tagalog

1.0%
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Fashion Editor Education

Schools

Fashion Institute of Technology

28.4%

New York University

8.5%

Fordham University

6.3%

Syracuse University

5.7%

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

5.1%

Savannah College of Art and Design

4.5%

Parsons the New School for Design

4.0%

University of Georgia

4.0%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.4%

Sacred Heart University

3.4%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.4%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.4%

Arizona State University

2.8%

LIM College

2.8%

Northwestern University

2.8%

Temple University

2.3%

Art Institute of Philadelphia

2.3%

Howard University

2.3%

American University

2.3%

Florida International University

2.3%
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Majors

Journalism

14.3%

Specialized Sales And Merchandising

12.7%

Graphic Design

10.7%

Communication

9.9%

Marketing

7.1%

Business

6.5%

Fine Arts

5.9%

English

5.9%

Photography

4.8%

Public Relations

4.6%

Writing

3.0%

Management

2.2%

Psychology

1.8%

Apparel And Textiles

1.8%

Agricultural Public Services

1.8%

Theatre

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Sociology

1.2%

Political Science

1.2%

Law

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

61.7%

Other

13.8%

Masters

12.4%

Associate

6.2%

Certificate

3.3%

Doctorate

1.8%

Diploma

0.8%
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