High-Paying Editing Jobs

Jan 18, 2020

High Paying Editing Career Options

As an editor, your general day to day responsibilities would largely involve reading, correcting, and rewriting content for publication, as well as fact checking and deciding which articles to publish. However, the world of editing does offer a wealth of variety when it comes to different topics and specialist interests. While some will be more interesting than others, some are also higher paying than others. If you're interested in becoming an editor within a specialty area, here are the jobs to consider.

Job Title Mean Salary (2018)* Job Growth (2018-2028)*
Financial Editors $100,350 (in securities/commodity contracts and brokerage industry) -3% (for all editors)
Legal Editors $95,580 -3% (for all editors)
Medical Editors $101,210 (in pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing industry) -3% (for all editors)
Science & Technical Editors $79,090 (in professional, scientific, and technical industries) -3% (for all editors)
Education Editors $64,680 -3% (for all editors)

Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

High Paying Editing Careers Information

Financial Editors

According to the BLS, financial industries -- and the securities, commodity contracts, and intermediation and brokerage sectors in particular -- are the second highest paying industry for editors. Financial editors are often responsible for producing and editing pieces of financial writing, generating ideas and stories, and researching financial news and topics. For this reason, you will benefit from an interest in and require a strong knowledge of a range of financial sectors. To become an editor, you will typically need a bachelor's degree in English or journalism. However, financial majors may also be beneficial for this particular specialization. It's also likely that you're going to need proven financial writing experience alongside this.

Legal Editors

The second highest-paying industry for editors would be the legal industries. To become an editor within the legal field, you will need to be have a degree. However, your major could be in English or journalism, or even political science or law itself. Employers prefer to hire those who have experience in the law field, as knowledge of many legal areas are needed to complete your work. For this, you could consider writing for legal sections of print media, or writing content for the legal industry itself.

Medical Editors

The highest paying editing field is medicine. In particular, the BLS states that the pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing industry is high paying. Medical editors may work for a variety of employers, including research organizations and and academic publications. Although many editor roles can be obtained with a bachelor's degree in English or journalism, to become a medical editor, you're likely to need a master's or Ph.D. in medicine or in relevant sciences. Alongside this, you will also need proven writing skills.

Scientific and Technical Editors

With all sectors grouped together, the BLS suggest that professional, scientific, and technical services industries offer high paying wages for editors. Similarly to the role of a medical editor, your skills and experience will need to be tailored to the topic. Many jobs will require that you have a graduate degree in a specific science or technical subject, as well as strong writing and editing skills. In terms of your daily editing role, you may find that it will be based heavily on research and technical accuracy, as well as general editing. Under this umbrella, subsections such as architecture and engineering, specialized design, and scientific research are all areas that you could consider working in to enjoy a healthy salary.

Education Editors

Another key industry that pays well is the educational sector, according to the BLS. Editors in this specialty may be employed by schools and universities, companies in educational support services, or education-focused publications. Job duties vary by employer, but could include collaborating with coworkers on and executing projects as well as evaluating materials for publication. Because of this, a bachelor's in English or journalism may not be sufficient. To become an educational editor, you may also need a graduate degree in education or teaching, as well as teaching experience.

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