Editor earnings by seniority

90th percentile

Top-level editor earnings begin at:

$62.22 per hour

$129,420 per year

75th percentile

Senior-level editor earnings begin at:

$47.00 per hour

$97,770 per year

50th percentile

Mid-level editor earnings begin at:

$30.46 per hour

$63,350 per year

25th percentile

Junior-level editor earnings begin at:

$23.26 per hour

$48,380 per year

10th percentile

Starting level editor earnings begin at:

$17.78 per hour

$36,970 per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Editor salary by state

State Name Average Salary
New York $84,560
District of Columbia $81,960
Massachusetts $77,610
Washington $71,930
California $71,820
New Jersey $71,490
Nevada $65,120
Virginia $64,280
Maryland $63,960
Connecticut $63,520
Colorado $63,300
Rhode Island $63,300
Delaware $62,900
Hawaii $61,930
Arizona $61,700
Minnesota $61,220
Ohio $60,820
North Carolina $59,950
Pennsylvania $59,150
Illinois $58,130
Utah $57,620
Georgia $57,510
Iowa $56,550
Louisiana $56,460
New Hampshire $55,700
Florida $51,770
Kansas $51,750
Oregon $51,500
Texas $51,190
Alaska $50,340
West Virginia $50,140
Michigan $50,050
Alabama $49,880
Vermont $49,600
Wisconsin $49,600
Tennessee $49,190
Indiana $48,930
Oklahoma $48,300
Montana $48,160
South Dakota $47,990
Wyoming $47,740
Maine $47,630
North Dakota $47,470
New Mexico $46,920
Missouri $46,900
Puerto Rico $46,710
South Carolina $46,160
Kentucky $46,080
Idaho $39,780
Arkansas $38,840
Nebraska $38,270
Mississippi $37,860

How do editor salaries compare to similar careers?

Editors earn 16% more than similar careers in the United States. On average, they make less than copywriters but more than sports writers.

Career Median Salary
Copywriter salary $70K
Writer salary $70K
Television writer salary $70K
Editor salary $63K
Proofreader salary $44K
Sports writer salary $28K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)