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Working As a Publisher

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • $70,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Publisher 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 Publisher

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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Publisher Career Paths

Publisher
Sales Manager Account Manager Marketing Manager
Senior Manager Of Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Sales Manager Owner Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Sales Manager Marketing Manager Marketing Director
Brand Director
10 Yearsyrs
General Manager Owner Marketing Director
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
General Manager Property Manager Communications Director
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
General Manager Principal Public Relations Director
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Advertising Manager Marketing Manager Marketing Communications Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
7 Yearsyrs
Advertising Manager Marketing Communications Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Advertising Manager Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Owner Art Director Creative Director
Digital Director
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Production Manager Art Director
Advertising Director
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Communications Manager Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Account Executive Communications Manager Social Media Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Account Executive Public Relations Manager Social Media Manager
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Publishing Editor Senior Editor Content Manager
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Publishing Editor Senior Editor Senior Technical Writer
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Publishing Editor Senior Editor
Bureau Chief
7 Yearsyrs
Marketing Consultant Communications Consultant
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Marketing Consultant Freelance Marketing Consultant Senior Copywriter
Senior Content Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Marketing Consultant Freelance Marketing Consultant Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$70,000
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$41,000
Min 10%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$119,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Washington, DC
Highest Paying State
Delaware
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does a Publisher make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Publisher in the United States is $70,301 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $41,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $119,000.

Real Publisher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Publisher American Physical Society College Park, MD Jan 01, 2016 $186,701 -
$225,000
Publisher Hachette Filipacchi Media Us New York, NY Apr 16, 2008 $173,451
Senior Content Publisher Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 01, 2010 $118,092
Publisher The Chancellor Masters and Scholars of The Univers New York, NY Sep 21, 2014 $105,830
Senior Regulatory Publisher Abbott Laboratories Park City, IL Jan 14, 2011 $105,162
International Publisher 14 W Administrative Services, LLC Delray Beach, FL Oct 26, 2015 $105,000
Publisher Elite Daily Inc. New York, NY Jan 06, 2016 $105,000 -
$250,000
Downstream Publisher Hart Energy Publishing LLP Houston, TX Mar 24, 2014 $97,500
French-European Publisher (Editor) Agora Financial, LLC Baltimore, MD Nov 21, 2011 $74,000
Oracle BI Publisher Ventois, Inc. Shrewsbury, MA Feb 09, 2016 $72,000
Senior Publisher Univision Interactive Media, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 01, 2011 $71,400
Senior Publisher Univision Interactive Media, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 01, 2010 $70,000
Senior Publisher Univision Interactive Media, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 15, 2010 $70,000
Regulatory Submissions Publisher Eigen Solutions Inc. Kenilworth, NJ Oct 01, 2010 $60,000
Regulatory Publisher Keypixel Software Solutions LLC Berlin, NJ Aug 01, 2014 $51,000
Regulatory Publisher Strategic Resources International, Inc. Berlin, NJ Sep 25, 2014 $51,000

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Top Skills for A Publisher

  1. Web Content
  2. Weekly Newspaper
  3. Revenue Growth
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Trained 15 staff members to create surveys for the Web and four staff members to publish Web content.
  • Founded and led student-run, financially and editorially independent weekly newspaper at the University of Chicago.
  • Identified areas for operations improvement, sales revenue growth and new business opportunities through new publications.
  • Managed entire publishing operations of 3 monthly security magazines.
  • Demonstrated innovation and customer service by introducing the Relationship Manager model to improve HR customer service and satisfaction.

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Publisher Demographics

Gender

Male

49.8%

Female

40.0%

Unknown

10.2%
Ethnicity

White

64.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.5%

French

17.0%

Italian

5.7%

Portuguese

3.4%

German

3.4%

Mandarin

2.3%

Swedish

1.1%

Dutch

1.1%

Finnish

1.1%

Filipino

1.1%

Danish

1.1%

Ilocano

1.1%

Japanese

1.1%

Greek

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Hebrew

1.1%

Croatian

1.1%

Chinese

1.1%
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Publisher Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.1%

George Washington University

8.3%

New York University

7.1%

University of Washington

5.8%

University of Texas at Austin

5.4%

University of Florida

5.4%

Michigan State University

5.0%

Ohio State University

5.0%

Florida International University

5.0%

Syracuse University

4.6%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.6%

Boston University

4.6%

Ithaca College

4.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

Emerson College

4.1%

Wayne State University

3.7%

Northwestern University

3.7%

Columbia College Chicago

3.7%

San Francisco State University

3.3%

Temple University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

21.1%

Journalism

10.5%

Communication

10.4%

Marketing

8.6%

English

7.7%

Graphic Design

4.6%

Management

3.4%

Writing

3.4%

Psychology

3.3%

Political Science

3.3%

Public Relations

3.0%

Computer Science

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

History

2.4%

Fine Arts

2.4%

Education

2.2%

Law

2.2%

Advertising

2.2%

Accounting

2.2%

Economics

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.2%

Other

18.4%

Masters

16.5%

Associate

6.4%

Certificate

4.3%

Doctorate

3.3%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.4%
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