Editors Salary Information

The salary statistics of editors are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of editors within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The editors annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Editors Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$29,760
25th Percentile Wage
$40,480
50th Percentile Wage
$57,210
75th Percentile Wage
$79,490
90th Percentile Wage
$111,610

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for editors. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) editors is $111,610. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $57,210. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29,760. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 275% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of editors from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201657,2102.10%5.82%
201556,0102.00%-
201454,8901.35%-
201354,1500.50%-
201253,880--

Table 2. Editors Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of editors in 15 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for editors occupations is the finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $76,230. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $52,010).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$76,230
Transportation and Warehousing
$70,010
Manufacturing
$69,570
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$65,070
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$63,920
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$63,410
Health Care and Social Assistance
$63,210
Wholesale Trade
$61,540
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$58,130
Educational Services
$58,110
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$56,870
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$55,960
Information
$55,040
Federal, State, and Local Government
$52,570
Retail Trade
$52,010

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Editors by States

From the above tables we note that not only editors salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of editors in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $34,520 to $78,310. The highest paying state for editors is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $78,310. The lowest paying state is Idaho with a median annual salary of $34,520. For more salary information of editors profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$78,310
New Jersey
$72,490
Massachusetts
$68,600
New York
$65,400
California
$65,250
Virginia
$64,630
Maryland
$58,430
Washington
$57,940
Connecticut
$57,700
Florida
$57,020
Illinois
$56,020
Colorado
$55,970
Delaware
$55,670
Alaska
$55,300
Pennsylvania
$54,820
Minnesota
$53,230
Texas
$51,960
Ohio
$51,270
Hawaii
$51,120
Missouri
$50,430
Oregon
$49,520
Michigan
$49,300
North Carolina
$49,290
Alabama
$48,570
Nevada
$47,660
Georgia
$47,590
Kansas
$47,140
Utah
$46,960
New Mexico
$46,830
South Dakota
$46,790
West Virginia
$46,690
Arizona
$46,450
Vermont
$45,600
Rhode Island
$44,670
New Hampshire
$44,250
Tennessee
$42,810
Louisiana
$42,650
Arkansas
$42,630
Puerto Rico
$42,390
Maine
$42,250
Indiana
$42,170
Wisconsin
$41,540
Nebraska
$41,170
Wyoming
$40,320
Kentucky
$39,730
Iowa
$39,650
Oklahoma
$38,470
Mississippi
$38,250
North Dakota
$36,980
South Carolina
$36,530
Montana
$35,090
Idaho
$34,520


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