News Editor Statistics in the US

The average employee age for news editors is 42 years. The news editor workforce reached a whopping 46,864 in 2020!

Among news editors, we discovered that 45.1% of them are women, while 51.2% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among news editors is White, which makes up 77.8% of all news editors. Comparatively, there are 8.1% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.2% of the Asian ethnicity. News editors are also more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, news editors are more likely to find a job in the media industry.

From where do we know all information about news editor demographics? We analyzed 4,746 news 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.

News Editor Diversity

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

News Editor Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among news editors is White, which makes up 77.8% of all news editors. Comparatively, there are 8.1% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.2% of the Asian ethnicity.

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  • White, 77.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 8.2%
  • Asian, 7.2%
  • Black or African American, 4.0%
  • Unknown, 2.7%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.1%

Foreign Languages Spoken By News Editors

The chart below shows that 40.2% of news editors speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 14.9% and Mandarin is the third-most popular at 6.3%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 40.2%
  • French, 14.9%
  • Mandarin, 6.3%
  • Arabic, 5.7%
  • Russian, 5.2%
  • Other, 27.7%

Most Common Degree for News Editor

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for news editors. The most common degree for news editors is bachelor's degree. In fact, 73% of news editors earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 14% and rounding it off is associate degree with 4%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 76%
  • Masters degree, 7%
  • Associate degree, 7%
  • Certificate degree, 7%
  • Other Degrees, 3%

News 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 news editors.

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

News Editor Gender Over Time

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


News 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 news editors changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

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


Number Of Years On The Job For News Editor

By looking over 4,746 news editors resumes, we figured out that the average news editor enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 40%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

News Editor Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of news editor employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of news 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 News 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%
News Editor51%45%
Sports Announcer87%9%
Public Address Announcer88%9%
Track Announcer89%11%
Track Announcer
Public Address Announcer
Sports Announcer
News Editor
Events And Communications Coordinator
Educational Interpreter
Deaf Interpreter

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of News 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 news editors.

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Job Titleascdesc
Comic Writer15.82%
Commercial Reporter19.36%
Radio Board Operator25.03%
Medical Interpreter27.03%
News Editor28.26%
Media Relations Assistant30.27%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As News Editor?

Male Income
Female Income

News 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

News 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$42,681
Doctorate Degree$47,898
Master's Degree$48,421

News 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

News Editor Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a news editor can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of news editors is $52,113. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do News Editors Earn The Most?

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

Average Salary

Where Are News Editors Located?

By looking through more than 4,746 resumes, we found that the most popular places for news editors are NY, New York and CA, Los Angeles.

Number of News Editors

News Editor Employment Statistics

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

What Percentage Of News Editor Jobs Are Remote?

15.2% Remote

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

84.8% 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 news 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 News Editor Work In

Employees with the news editor job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most news 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 news editors. Those industries include media, manufacturing and non profits.

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