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Working As A Writer And 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 Writer And 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 Writer And 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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Writer And Editor Career Paths

Writer And Editor
Technical Writer Project Manager Marketing Director
Brand Director
10 Yearsyrs
Editor Owner Marketing Director
Director Of Marketing And Public Relations
6 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Senior Account Executive Public Relations Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Public Relations Manager Manager Of Corporate Communications
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Editor Project Manager Marketing Director
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant Web Developer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Consultant Office Manager Communications Manager
Internal Communications Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Marketing Consultant Advertising Manager
Advertising Director
6 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Senior Account Executive Public Relations Director
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Communications Specialist Staff Writer
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Marketing Manager Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Content Manager
Senior Content Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Marketing Specialist Digital Marketing Specialist
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Managing Editor Content Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Marketing Coordinator Public Relations Specialist
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Communications Consultant Communications Manager Social Media Manager
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Digital Communications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$57,000
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$36,000
Min 10%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
NerdWallet
Highest Paying City
Fairfield, CA
Highest Paying State
Delaware
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does a Writer And Editor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Writer And Editor in the United States is $57,699 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 $90,000.

Real Writer And Editor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Writer/Editor Na World Services, Inc. CA Oct 24, 2016 $92,206
Editor/Writer News America Incorporated New York, NY Aug 25, 2011 $82,500
Writer/Editor Wowmax Media, LLC Torrance, CA Apr 30, 2015 $80,995
Editor/Writer News America Incorporated New York, NY Aug 24, 2009 $75,000
Mainland Mandarin Chinese Siri Writer/Editor Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 11, 2014 $75,000 -
$95,000
Mainland Mandarin Chinese Siri Writer/Editor Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 05, 2014 $70,000 -
$90,000
Writer/Editor Aurora Publishing, Inc. Torrance, CA Oct 01, 2009 $60,000
Writer/Editor Make Sense Productions LLC Portland, ME Sep 16, 2015 $55,000
Chinese Writer and Editor for Education Column The Epoch Times of Boston, Inc. Boston, MA Oct 10, 2013 $52,175 -
$62,610
Writer/Editor Gallagher Malloy & Georges Philadelphia, PA Oct 01, 2012 $48,001
Editor/Writer U.S. Frontline News, Inc. New York, NY Dec 20, 2010 $42,241
Editor/Writer Ny Fashion Research Company Hillsdale, NY Sep 25, 2015 $41,740 -
$45,914
Editor/Writer Ny Fashion Research Company Hillsdale, NY May 31, 2014 $41,740
Writer/Editor Trend Pot Ny, LLC. New York, NY Oct 01, 2009 $41,490
Corporate Writer & Editor Rosco International, Inc. Saddle Brook, NJ Oct 01, 2010 $41,490
Editor/Writer World Journal NY Dec 02, 2010 $41,350
Writer/Editor Inter-Pacific Publications, Inc. Burlingame, CA Oct 01, 2012 $37,066
Editor/Writer Vivid Navigation, Inc. CA Sep 21, 2016 $37,065
Editor/Writer Axe USA, Inc./Axis Atlanta Atlanta, GA Aug 20, 2010 $37,000
Editor/Writer Vivid Navigation, Inc. CA Sep 25, 2013 $36,293
Editor/Writer Takuyo Corporation Torrance, CA Sep 21, 2012 $35,876
Editor/Writer Takuyo Corporation Torrance, CA Nov 01, 2011 $35,876

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Top Skills for A Writer And Editor

  1. Web Content
  2. Online
  3. Topics
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  • Produced high-visibility web content, and designed effective social media campaigns that helped build brand and company visibility.
  • Write nonfiction articles and essays for publications - Write print and online communications materials for local organizations
  • Research topics focused primarily on study abroad students and compose articles for website
  • Develop, compose and issue press releases and advisories to generate positive image or effectively convey key information accurately.
  • Interviewed local and nationally recognized musicians, researched information and wrote features for weekly newspaper and website.

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Writer And Editor Demographics

Gender

Female

55.3%

Male

36.4%

Unknown

8.3%
Ethnicity

White

64.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.7%

French

19.0%

German

6.3%

Italian

5.4%

Japanese

3.7%

Russian

3.7%

Portuguese

3.2%

Mandarin

3.1%

Chinese

3.0%

Arabic

2.7%

Korean

1.5%

Hebrew

1.1%

Hindi

0.9%

Greek

0.9%

Swedish

0.6%

Cantonese

0.5%

Turkish

0.5%

Polish

0.5%

Dutch

0.4%

Vietnamese

0.4%
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Writer And Editor Education

Schools

New York University

12.1%

Temple University

5.7%

University of Texas at Austin

5.6%

University of Missouri - Columbia

5.5%

Columbia University

5.2%

Northwestern University

5.1%

University of Washington

5.0%

University of Phoenix

4.9%

Michigan State University

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

Emerson College

4.5%

Ohio State University

4.5%

Boston University

4.3%

Syracuse University

4.2%

University of Florida

4.2%

Florida State University

4.1%

University of Iowa

4.0%

American University

4.0%

Arizona State University

3.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.8%
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Majors

English

21.0%

Journalism

17.1%

Communication

12.6%

Writing

10.9%

Business

4.8%

Photography

3.4%

Political Science

3.2%

Psychology

3.2%

History

2.8%

Public Relations

2.7%

Fine Arts

2.6%

Marketing

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Agricultural Public Services

2.0%

Education

1.9%

Law

1.8%

Elementary Education

1.5%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.5%

Theatre

1.4%

Journalism And Mass Communications

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.7%

Masters

24.0%

Other

12.3%

Doctorate

3.3%

Certificate

3.2%

Associate

3.0%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.1%
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