Magazine Editors


Overview

Magazine Editors

Introduction

Magazine editors plan the contents of a magazine, assign articles and select photographs and artwork to enhance the message of the articles, and edit, organize, and sometimes rewrite the articles. They make sure that each issue is attractive and readable, and maintains the stylistic integrity of the publication. Approximately 45,380 editors are employed by newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishers in the United States.

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Median Salary

$55,390

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Employment Prospects

Fair

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

Several years' experience as a writer, reporter, or assistant edi


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Skills

Interpersonal


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Personality Traits

Creative

Earnings

Salaried editors who worked for newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishers earned an average of $55,390 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The middle 50 percent of all editors earned between $42,690 and $82,160. Salaries ranged from less than $31,500 to more than $117.810. Senior editors at large-circulation magazines average more than $125,000 a year. In additio...

Work Environment

Most magazine editors work in quiet offices or cubicles. However, even in relatively quiet surroundings, editors can face many distractions. A project editor who is trying to copyedit or review the editing of others may, for example, has to deal with phone calls or e-mails from authors, questions from junior editors, meetings with members of the editorial and production staff, and questions fro...

Outlook

Employment for editors of magazines, newspapers, books, and directories is expected to decline by 3 percent through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Rising printing costs, and the popularity of mobile technology, have forced some magazines to reduce the number of issues printed or transition their print products to electronic-only publications.

Despite these developments,...

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