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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

27-3041 Editors

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National estimates for Editors
Industry profile for Editors
Geographic profile for Editors

National estimates for Editors:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Editors:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
88,780 1.9 % $ 36.73 $ 76,400 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Editors:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.78 $ 23.26 $ 30.46 $ 47.00 $ 62.22
Annual Wage (2) $ 36,970 $ 48,380 $ 63,350 $ 97,770 $ 129,420


Industry profile for Editors:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Editors are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Editors, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Editors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 37,310 15.06 $ 34.33 $ 71,410
Other Information Services 9,170 2.53 $ 38.33 $ 79,720
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 4,630 1.06 $ 49.70 $ 103,370
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,310 1.37 $ 40.38 $ 83,990
Radio and Television Broadcasting 4,140 2.17 $ 33.72 $ 70,150

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Editors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 37,310 15.06 $ 34.33 $ 71,410
Other Information Services 9,170 2.53 $ 38.33 $ 79,720
Radio and Television Broadcasting 4,140 2.17 $ 33.72 $ 70,150
Motion Picture and Video Industries 4,310 1.37 $ 40.38 $ 83,990
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 600 1.26 $ 45.05 $ 93,710

Top paying industries for Editors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialized Design Services 360 0.27 $ 55.89 $ 116,250
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 230 0.05 $ 50.67 $ 105,400
Technical and Trade Schools 30 0.02 $ 50.10 $ 104,200
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 4,630 1.06 $ 49.70 $ 103,370
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 450 0.05 $ 46.40 $ 96,510


Geographic profile for Editors:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Editors are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Editors, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of editors by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Editors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 18,510 2.14 3.39 $ 49.23 $ 102,400
California 12,170 0.74 1.17 $ 38.25 $ 79,570
Texas 4,180 0.34 0.54 $ 31.32 $ 65,150
Illinois 3,960 0.71 1.12 $ 29.71 $ 61,800
District of Columbia 3,510 5.30 8.40 $ 47.79 $ 99,400


Map of location quotient of editors by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Editors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 3,510 5.30 8.40 $ 47.79 $ 99,400
New York 18,510 2.14 3.39 $ 49.23 $ 102,400
Massachusetts 3,320 0.98 1.55 $ 38.91 $ 80,940
Connecticut 1,270 0.81 1.29 $ 36.33 $ 75,570
Virginia 2,890 0.77 1.22 $ 36.03 $ 74,940


Map of annual mean wages of editors by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Editors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 18,510 2.14 3.39 $ 49.23 $ 102,400
District of Columbia 3,510 5.30 8.40 $ 47.79 $ 99,400
Massachusetts 3,320 0.98 1.55 $ 38.91 $ 80,940
California 12,170 0.74 1.17 $ 38.25 $ 79,570
Washington 1,870 0.58 0.93 $ 38.19 $ 79,430



Map of employment of editors by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Editors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 18,610 2.14 3.40 $ 49.45 $ 102,850
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,840 1.99 3.16 $ 44.67 $ 92,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,500 0.96 1.53 $ 39.48 $ 82,110
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,220 0.76 1.21 $ 31.12 $ 64,740
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,820 1.09 1.73 $ 40.04 $ 83,290
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,390 1.07 1.69 $ 41.27 $ 85,850
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,510 0.57 0.91 $ 34.17 $ 71,070
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,390 0.72 1.15 $ 40.65 $ 84,540
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,230 0.34 0.54 $ 33.33 $ 69,320
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,210 0.66 1.05 $ 32.13 $ 66,840


Map of location quotient of editors by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Editors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 230 2.33 3.69 $ 31.55 $ 65,620
Charlottesville, VA 240 2.23 3.54 $ 33.45 $ 69,570
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 18,610 2.14 3.40 $ 49.45 $ 102,850
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,840 1.99 3.16 $ 44.67 $ 92,910
Ithaca, NY 90 1.84 2.91 $ 34.24 $ 71,220
Boulder, CO 290 1.59 2.52 $ 34.88 $ 72,560
Lawrence, KS 60 1.41 2.23 $ 26.38 $ 54,880
Danbury, CT 100 1.35 2.14 $ 30.28 $ 62,970
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 460 1.22 1.94 $ 36.97 $ 76,890
Champaign-Urbana, IL 120 1.22 1.93 $ 26.33 $ 54,770


Map of annual mean wages of editors by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Editors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 18,610 2.14 3.40 $ 49.45 $ 102,850
Trenton, NJ 190 0.85 1.34 $ 44.90 $ 93,390
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,840 1.99 3.16 $ 44.67 $ 92,910
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,390 1.07 1.69 $ 41.27 $ 85,850
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,390 0.72 1.15 $ 40.65 $ 84,540
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,820 1.09 1.73 $ 40.04 $ 83,290
Huntsville, AL 50 0.21 0.34 $ 40.02 $ 83,240
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 990 0.93 1.47 $ 39.97 $ 83,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,500 0.96 1.53 $ 39.48 $ 82,110
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 40 0.35 0.55 $ 39.19 $ 81,510

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Editors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 160 0.43 0.68 $ 19.52 $ 40,590
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.66 1.05 $ 25.10 $ 52,220
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 120 0.37 0.58 $ 24.98 $ 51,950
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 110 1.08 1.71 $ 21.09 $ 43,870
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 100 0.69 1.10 $ 20.67 $ 42,990

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Editors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 110 1.08 1.71 $ 21.09 $ 43,870
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 100 1.00 1.58 $ 28.52 $ 59,320
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 50 0.85 1.35 $ 28.81 $ 59,930
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 70 0.77 1.22 $ 31.03 $ 64,530
Maryland nonmetropolitan area 40 0.69 1.10 $ 32.27 $ 67,120

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Editors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 0.56 $ 36.32 $ 75,540
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 0.42 $ 34.83 $ 72,450
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 100 0.66 1.04 $ 32.35 $ 67,290
Maryland nonmetropolitan area 40 0.69 1.10 $ 32.27 $ 67,120
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.51 0.82 $ 31.88 $ 66,310


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022