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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

  • $72,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 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.

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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Senior Editor Career Paths

Senior Editor
Project Manager Owner Marketing Director
Brand Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Marketing Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Marketing And Public Relations
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Owner Communications Director
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Owner Communications Director Director Of Communications And Marketing
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
Manager Marketing Manager Marketing Communications Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
7 Yearsyrs
Manager Property Manager Communications Manager
Internal Communications Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Principal Public Relations Director
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Content Manager Product Manager Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Content Manager
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Content Strategist Content Manager
Senior Content Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Copywriter Marketing Communications Manager Social Media Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Founder Owner And Founder Social Media Manager
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Terminal Manager Traffic Manager
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Web Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Senior Writer Senior Communications Specialist
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Copywriter Brand Strategist Digital Strategist
Digital Communications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Senior Editor Demographics

Gender

Male

46.6%

Female

44.4%

Unknown

9.0%
Ethnicity

White

62.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.6%

French

16.8%

Chinese

6.5%

German

6.3%

Mandarin

5.8%

Japanese

4.8%

Russian

3.8%

Italian

3.5%

Portuguese

1.8%

Hindi

1.5%

Korean

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%

Arabic

1.5%

Hebrew

1.3%

Romanian

0.8%

Carrier

0.8%

Persian

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Bengali

0.5%

Greek

0.5%
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Senior Editor Education

Schools

New York University

17.7%

Columbia University

7.6%

Northwestern University

7.3%

Syracuse University

6.6%

University of Missouri - Columbia

5.3%

University of Southern California

4.6%

University of Texas at Austin

4.4%

Emerson College

4.2%

Temple University

4.1%

University of California - Berkeley

4.0%

San Francisco State University

3.8%

Columbia College Chicago

3.7%

University of Iowa

3.6%

Arizona State University

3.4%

University of Florida

3.4%

University of Chicago

3.4%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.3%

Harvard University

3.3%

Michigan State University

3.2%

Georgetown University

3.2%
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Majors

English

23.1%

Journalism

19.4%

Communication

11.5%

Writing

7.2%

Photography

6.0%

Business

4.2%

Political Science

3.7%

History

3.3%

Law

3.2%

Fine Arts

2.8%

Psychology

2.3%

Agricultural Public Services

2.0%

Marketing

1.7%

Public Relations

1.7%

Education

1.5%

Digital Media

1.4%

Graphic Design

1.3%

Liberal Arts

1.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.2%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

54.6%

Masters

24.4%

Other

11.0%

Doctorate

4.3%

Certificate

2.6%

Associate

2.4%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.0%
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Senior Editor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Editor in the United States is $72,986 per year or $35 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $40,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $130,000.

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 Mar 04, 2015 $120,000 -
$150,000
Senior Editor A Medium Corporation DBA Medium San Francisco, CA Oct 07, 2014 $120,000 -
$150,000
Senior Editor A Medium Corporation San Francisco, CA Dec 08, 2015 $120,000 -
$150,000
Senior Editor A Medium Corporation San Francisco, CA Aug 12, 2015 $120,000 -
$150,000
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 -
$105,000
Senior Editor Creative Curriculum Initiatives, LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2014 $100,000
Senior Editor CBS Interactive, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 08, 2013 $100,000 -
$140,000
Senior Editor, Lancet Elsevier, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $99,000 -
$105,000
Senior Editor Disney Publishing Worldwide Glendale, CA Sep 10, 2012 $84,800
Senior Editor Disney Publishing Worldwide Glendale, CA Jul 30, 2012 $84,800
Senior Editor Nature America, Inc. New York, NY Sep 12, 2011 $81,500
Senior Editor Nature America, Inc. New York, NY Jan 31, 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 Nature America, Inc. New York, NY Dec 05, 2013 $74,000
Senior Editor Nature America, Inc. New York, NY Dec 07, 2012 $74,000
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
Senior Editor, Guys Digital Nylon Media, Inc. New York, NY Dec 01, 2014 $70,000
SR. Editor The Editor Group New York, NY Oct 25, 2016 $69,564
Senior Editor Stedfast Productions New York, NY Jan 20, 2013 $68,500

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Top Skills for A Senior Editor

  1. Company Website
  2. Edit Content
  3. Online
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  • Authored numerous long-form features and had oversight of company website content/interactive initiatives/website staff.
  • Work with editorial team to analyze, evaluate and edit content across all of our publications, projects and products.
  • Collaborated in content planning for website and magazine, managed online player database, and interviewed prospective employees.
  • Assigned work to freelancers and contributing editors; collaborated with other editorial staffers, including art director.
  • Established professional broadcast-quality standards for all video productions.

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