The Average Salary of a Book Editor


Book editors pour over manuscripts to check for proper grammar, spelling and a steady voice. Although this profession usually requires a college degree, it does not pay much more than a typical salary and many benefits come from meeting celebrities and other notable people.


  • As of 2010, the average book editor in the United States made $38,000, according to


  • Like most jobs, a book editor's salary depends on several factors, such as experience in the field, company and location.

Fun Fact

  • According to, Dallas and Miami had some of the highest average salaries for a book editor, at $55,668 and $55,443 per year, respectively.


  • In order to maximize earning potential and promotion possibilities, a book editor should focus on a specific genre, such as science fiction, according to "Creating Your Career in Communications and Entertainment."


  • According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the editing profession looks to lose 400 hundred jobs between 2008 and 2018. The higher demand for jobs should inch wages down slightly.

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