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Working As A Web 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

  • $57,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Web 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 Web 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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Web Editor Career Paths

Web Editor
Editor Consultant Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Editor Owner Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Editor Public Relations Manager Manager Of Corporate Communications
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Executive Assistant Property Manager
Assistant Director, Communications
5 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Technical Writer Web Developer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Managing Editor Communications Manager
Internal Communications Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Communications Manager Public Relations Director
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Public Relations Specialist Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Senior Editor Content Manager
Senior Content Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Owner Creative Director
Digital Director
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Senior Technical Writer
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Web Designer Marketing Coordinator Digital Marketing Specialist
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Web Designer Marketing Coordinator Public Relations Specialist
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Content Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Marketing Coordinator Public Relations Specialist
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Communications Manager Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Producer Studio Manager Traffic Manager
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Contributing Writer Social Media Manager
Digital Communications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Web Editor Demographics

Gender

Female

49.2%

Male

41.6%

Unknown

9.3%
Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

10.0%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.0%

French

15.0%

Mandarin

8.3%

Chinese

7.5%

German

7.1%

Russian

4.0%

Arabic

4.0%

Italian

3.6%

Japanese

3.2%

Korean

2.4%

Portuguese

2.0%

Cantonese

1.6%

Hindi

1.2%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Dutch

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Greek

0.8%

Swedish

0.4%

Estonian

0.4%

Danish

0.4%
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Web Editor Education

Schools

New York University

9.6%

University of Missouri - Columbia

9.1%

Northwestern University

6.0%

Temple University

5.3%

University of Iowa

5.0%

University of Florida

5.0%

Emerson College

5.0%

Georgetown University

4.8%

Kent State University

4.8%

Columbia University

4.8%

Syracuse University

4.5%

San Francisco State University

4.5%

University of Texas at Austin

4.5%

American University

4.5%

George Washington University

4.0%

University of Washington

4.0%

Boston University

3.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

San Jose State University

3.5%
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Majors

Journalism

23.9%

Communication

14.9%

English

13.3%

Writing

6.3%

Business

5.6%

Computer Science

4.2%

Graphic Design

3.6%

Marketing

3.3%

Photography

2.9%

Political Science

2.9%

Public Relations

2.6%

Fine Arts

2.3%

Agricultural Public Services

2.2%

History

2.1%

Psychology

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.7%

Computer Information Systems

1.6%

Journalism And Mass Communications

1.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.5%

Linguistics

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

56.9%

Masters

22.1%

Other

11.7%

Associate

4.2%

Certificate

2.9%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.1%
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Highest Paying State
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How much does a Web Editor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Web Editor in the United States is $57,833 per year or $28 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $36,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $92,000.

Real Web Editor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Web Editor, Opinion Department The New York Times Company New York, NY Sep 16, 2015 $127,192
Web Editor, Opinion Department The New York Times Company New York, NY Oct 06, 2014 $119,890
Web Editor, Opinion Pages The New York Times Company New York, NY Mar 01, 2013 $116,965
Managing Web Editor Korangy Publishing Inc. New York, NY Dec 09, 2016 $100,000
Managing Web Editor Korangy Publishing, Inc. New York, NY Nov 10, 2016 $84,053
Web Editor/Writer 3 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 10, 2015 $79,600 -
$111,400
Web Editor/Writer 3 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 08, 2015 $79,600 -
$111,400
Web Editor Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres ( New York, NY Nov 15, 2012 $76,593
Managing Web Editor Korangy Publishing Inc. New York, NY Dec 01, 2014 $75,000
Web Editor Media Creation Technologies Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2012 $70,872
Web Editor Media Creation Technologies Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 20, 2014 $64,184
Web Editor Media Creation Technologies Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2012 $61,824
Web Editor/Writer 2 IAC Search & Media, Inc. New York, NY Sep 03, 2015 $57,790 -
$75,462
Web Editor Media Creation Technologies, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2011 $56,400
Web Site Editor Wincubic.com, Inc. Urban Honolulu, HI Sep 26, 2015 $56,241
Japanese Web Site Editor Wincubic.com, Inc. Urban Honolulu, HI Feb 02, 2015 $55,099
Web Editor/Writer Cosmic-I LLC McLean, VA Oct 08, 2009 $54,538
Web Editor Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Aug 14, 2014 $53,469
Web Editor (FOX News Insider) Fox News Network LLC New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $53,000
Web Editor Chihuo Inc. El Monte, CA Apr 09, 2016 $48,001
Website Editor ZORO Tools, Inc. Buffalo Grove, IL Jan 08, 2016 $48,000
Website Editor Globalprice Inc. New York, NY Dec 15, 2009 $48,000
Website Editor Globalprice Inc. New York, NY Dec 15, 2012 $48,000
Web Editor Globalprice Inc. New York, NY Dec 05, 2012 $48,000
Web Editor-Mandarin Service Radio Free Asia Washington, DC Sep 15, 2010 $46,539

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Top Skills for A Web Editor

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  2. Online
  3. Content Management System
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  • Enhance look and feel of Motorola s support site by designing images within Adobe Photoshop.
  • Performed HTML editing and quality assurance testing (usability and functional), to insure internal re-worked application met user expectations.

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