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Become A Senior Editor

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Working As A Senior 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 Senior Editor Do

A Senior Editor determines the editorial content for a publication. They supervise the content creation process and manage junior editors.

How To Become A Senior Editor

A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English, combined with previous writing and proofreading experience, is typically required to be an editor.


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.


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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Senior Editor Career Paths

Senior Editor
Communications Manager Communications Director Marketing Director
Brand Director
11 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Senior Consultant Product Manager
Brand Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Writer Creative Director Marketing Director
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Producer Executive Producer Managing Editor
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Content Manager Product Manager Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Senior Writer Creative Director
Digital Director
10 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Producer Digital Producer
Digital Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Communications Director Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Communications Consultant Communications Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Writer Managing Editor Communications Director
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Content Manager Program Manager Marketing Consultant
Head Of Marketing
6 Yearsyrs
Communications Consultant Marketing Communications Manager Communications Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
8 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Sales Consultant Marketing Consultant
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Marketing Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Editorial Director Writer And Editor Communications Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Communications Specialist Account Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Communications Director Development Director Business Developer
Marketing/Business Development
8 Yearsyrs
Communications Specialist Marketing Manager Search Engine Optimizer
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Senior Manager
Senior Manager Of Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
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Senior Editor Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Russian

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Hindi

  • Arabic

  • Cantonese

  • Hebrew

  • Romanian

  • Korean

  • Carrier

  • Greek

  • Persian

  • Polish

  • Latvian

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Real Senior Editor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Digital Media Senior Product Editor Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Jul 29, 2015 $150,101
Senior Editor, Wired Advance Magazine Publishers Inc. DBA CONDÉ Nast San Francisco, CA Nov 03, 2014 $150,000
Senior Editor Amber Rae LLC New York, NY Mar 31, 2016 $135,655
Senior Editor Steam Motion and Sound Us Inc. New York, NY Apr 07, 2016 $124,000
Senior Editor A Medium Corporation DBA Medium San Francisco, CA Oct 07, 2014 $120,000 -
Senior Editor A Medium Corporation DBA Medium San Francisco, CA Mar 04, 2015 $120,000 -
Senior Editor A Medium Corporation San Francisco, CA Dec 08, 2015 $120,000 -
Senior Editor A Medium Corporation San Francisco, CA Aug 12, 2015 $120,000 -
Senior Editor New York Media LLC New York, NY Dec 19, 2016 $105,000
Senior Editor Creative Curriculum Initiatives New York, NY Nov 05, 2016 $104,707
Senior Editor, Lancet Elsevier, Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2013 $100,390 -
Senior Editor CBS Interactive, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 08, 2013 $100,000 -
Senior Editor Creative Curriculum Initiatives, LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2014 $100,000
Senior Editor, Lancet Elsevier, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $99,000 -
Senior Editor Disney Publishing Worldwide Glendale, CA Jul 30, 2012 $84,800
Senior Editor Disney Publishing Worldwide Glendale, CA Sep 10, 2012 $84,800
Senior Editor Nature America, Inc. New York, NY Jan 31, 2011 $81,500
Senior Editor Nature America, Inc. New York, NY Sep 12, 2011 $81,500
Senior Editor Billabout LLC New York, NY Jun 03, 2013 $81,000
Senior Editor Nature America, Inc. New York, NY Jul 10, 2015 $80,747
Senior Editor, IT Technology Review Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 25, 2016 $74,922
Senior Editor, IT Technology Review Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 10, 2015 $74,922
Senior Editor Nature America, Inc. New York, NY Dec 07, 2012 $74,000
Senior Editor Nature America, Inc. New York, NY Dec 05, 2013 $74,000
Senior Editor, IT Technology Review Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 26, 2013 $73,000
Senior Editor Nature America, Inc. New York, NY Sep 30, 2013 $73,000
Senior Editor K-Town Management, LLC Dallas, TX May 04, 2016 $72,000
Senior Editor The Empire Design New York Corporation New York, NY Jul 31, 2015 $70,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Editor


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Top Senior Editor Skills

  1. Edit Content
  2. Online Content
  3. Company Website
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Work with web and strategic content staff to cultivate, package, and edit content for key web platforms.
  • Introduced e-commerce and moderated forums into online content, leading to a 25 percent increase in time consumers spent on site.
  • Edited all written content on the company website.
  • Create video content on latest vehicle models and industry suppliers.
  • Edited and produced columns and interactive features by staff and freelance contributors.

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