How Much Do Editors Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$73910 per year
Hourly wage
$36 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$33,620 to $45,310 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$16 to $22 per hour

Entry-level Editors with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $33,620 to $45,310 per year or $16 to $22 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Editors to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $61 $126,800
Senior (Top 25%) $43 $89,530
Middle (Mid 50%) $30 $63,400
Junior (Bottom 25%) $22 $45,310
No experience (Bottom 10%) $16 $33,620

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $46 $95,590
NY $45 $93,550
MA $41 $84,420
CA $39 $80,930
NJ $37 $77,890
VA $37 $77,830
RI $37 $76,870
CT $37 $76,470
WA $37 $75,980
NC $34 $71,170

Another simple way to increase your salary as an Editor is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at DC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Editors are in the states of DC, NY, MA, CA and NJ.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Specialized Design Services $106670 $51.29
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities $103580 $49.80
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $99810 $47.99
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $90150 $43.34
Insurance Carriers $89980 $43.26
Grantmaking and Giving Services $89890 $43.22
Specialty Hospitals $88840 $42.71
Legal Services $88060 $42.34
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $87770 $42.20
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $85830 $41.27
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities $85120 $40.92
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $84700 $40.72
Employment Services $84370 $40.56
Motion Picture and Video Industries $84130 $40.45
Other Food Manufacturing $84100 $40.43
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $83400 $40.10
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events $83290 $40.05
Scientific Research and Development Services $80840 $38.87
Other Information Services $79920 $38.42
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services $78140 $37.57
Cable and Other Subscription Programming $77970 $37.49
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $77710 $37.36
Social Advocacy Organizations $77340 $37.18
Offices of Physicians $76910 $36.97
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $75720 $36.41
Management of Companies and Enterprises $75390 $36.24
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $74460 $35.80
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services $72840 $35.02
Civic and Social Organizations $72220 $34.72
Educational Support Services $72090 $34.66

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