Editors rate their happiness above average.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, editors rate their career happiness 3.4 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 36% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy editors are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Author
4.1
$70k
Television writer
4.0
$70k
Blogger
3.8
$26k
Journalist
3.4
$37k
Editor
3.4
$63k
Content manager
3.2
$40k
News reporter
3.2
$27k
Translator
3.1
$35k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

Are editors happy with their salary?

Editors rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.8/5. Editors tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

We asked editors how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

2.8 out of 5 stars

2234 editors

5 Star
10%

10% of editors rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
19%

19% of editors rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
30%

30% of editors rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
25%

25% of editors rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
17%

17% of editors rated their compensation 1 stars

Do editors find their jobs meaningful?

On average, editors rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.1/5. Most tend to be satisified with the level of meaning they find in their careers.

We asked editors how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.1 out of 5 stars

2257 editors

5 Star
16%

16% of editors rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
22%

22% of editors rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
27%

27% of editors rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
23%

23% of editors rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
12%

12% of editors rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as editors?

Editors rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.0/5. The majority of editors find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked editors how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

4.0 out of 5 stars

2482 editors

5 Star
35%

35% of editors rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
40%

40% of editors rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
18%

18% of editors rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
5%

5% of editors rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
2%

2% of editors rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is an editor’s work environment?

As a whole, editors rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.8/5. A solid majority of editors enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as an editor.

We asked editors how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.8 out of 5 stars

2472 editors

5 Star
27%

27% of editors rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
38%

38% of editors rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of editors rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
9%

9% of editors rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of editors rated their work environment 1 stars

Are editors making the best use of their abilities?

Former editors on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.4/5. Most editors surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as an editor, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

We asked editors how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

2478 editors

5 Star
21%

21% of editors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
29%

29% of editors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
27%

27% of editors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of editors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
6%

6% of editors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars