Quick Facts: Editors
2012 Median Pay $53,880 per year
$25.90 per hour
Entry-Level Education Bachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation Less than 5 years
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2012 115,300
Job Outlook, 2012-22 -2% (Little or no change)
Employment Change, 2012-22 -2,800

What Editors Do

Editors plan, review, and revise content for publication.

Work Environment

Although most editors work in offices, a growing number work remotely from home. The work can be stressful because editors often have tight deadlines. More than half worked in the publishing industry in 2012.

How to Become an Editor

Proficiency with computers and a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English is typically required to be an editor.


The median annual wage for editors was $53,880 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of editors is projected to show little or no change from 2012 to 2022, as print media continue to face strong pressure from online publications. Competition for jobs with established newspapers and magazines will be particularly strong.

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