Income and benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for editors in the United States was $61,370 in May 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $32,620 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $112,280. The professional, scientific and technical services was the top paying industry for editors, with a median annual wage of $69,270. This was followed by religious, grantmaking, civic, professional and other similar organizations ($68,530), other information services ($66,530) and then newspaper, periodical, book and directory publishers ($57,030.
Autonomy and Flexibility
Editors have a lot of autonomy. Often, they are one of the most senior people on a writing project. They have control over what content is written, how it is written and how it is laid out. Their flexibility, however, is likely to be less. This is because editors are often working towards deadlines and will likely have to work long and erratic hours.
Locations and commute
According to Zippia, the best states to be an editor based on number of jobs available and average annual salary, are:
- Massachusetts, where the average annual salary was $72,435
- District of Columbia, where the average annual salary was $70,204
- Connecticut, where the average annual salary was $66,633
- New York, where the average annual salary was $65,662
- Vermont, where the average annual salary was $59,453
The worst states to be a writer, according to Zippia, are Utah, Indiana, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Iowa.
35% of editors in the United States are employed by newspaper, periodical, book and directory publishers. 14% are self-employed workers, 10% are employed by the professional, scientific and technical services industry, 9% are employed by religious grant making, civic, professional and similar organizations and finally, 9% are employed by other information services.
Most editors tend to work in offices, whether onsite with their employer or from a remote location. They often use desktop or electronic publishing software, scanners and other electronic communications equipment. Editors may struggle with fatigue and stress as they will be overseeing and coordinating multiple written projects simultaneously.