Senior editors work with content, images and layout.
Senior editors bring writing expertise, as well as a keen understanding of the content under scrutiny. As senior staff members, editors at this level make decisions related to day-to-day content, delegating assignments to others and managing teams of writers or other editors. High-level editors work in print and electronic media for publishers and also edit video and film for the education and entertainment industries. Senior editors typically have at least five years of reporting and editing experience.
Print Senior Editors
Senior print editors arrive at the job with a minimum of a half-decade of hands-on experience in reporting and editing. Senior editors typically specialize in the content genre, including editorial, news reporting, consumer affairs or sports. The position requires in-depth knowledge of the content area and a network of business and professional contacts. Some senior-level editing positions require the ability to write headlines, and all jobs require strong copy editing skills. Print editors help set the tone of the print medium, including understanding of particular slang or terminology for the field. The editor must demonstrate a tone and awareness of the audience for the print medium and help shape the content to match the readers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported editors working for newspapers, periodicals, books and directory publishers earned an annual mean salary of $58,270 or $28.02 an hour in 2010.
Online Senior Editors
Senior editors working for Internet publishing firms take the lead in editing text and assisting with graphic selections. While entry-level editors work at the lower end of the salary scale, or even in part-time positions, senior supervising editors take home a full-time salary at higher pay averaging between $29 and $40 an hour. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median yearly salary for these career professionals as $43,090 in 2010, and supervisors earned in the top salary levels between $61,720 and $85,630 in the same year.
Business, Professional, Labor and Political Editing
Businesses and professional organizations employ senior editors to oversee creation of text and copy for official releases. Senior-level editors also work for political organizations or candidates and labor organizations to help create policy statements, position papers, press releases and speeches. The median salary for editors in these positions was $63,640 in 2010, and senior editors typically earn salaries higher than average for their work.
Film and Television Editing
Editing duties in the film and television industry apply to print documents, images, still and moving graphics and photography. Senior film editors work with film, artistic and sound directors. Television editors network during the editing process with directors, producers and technical crews to create a final product. Film and video editors earned an annual salary between $25,960 and $111,860 in 2010, or an hourly wage of $12.48 to $53.78. Senior film editors earned at the top of the annual wage salaries reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2010. Editors earning the largest salaries worked in the motion picture and video industries, with editors hired by software publishers earning the second largest amount in 2010, although an average of $12,000 less than their counterparts working in film earned.