Working as an editor tops the list of best paying jobs for English majors. Writers do the research, thinking and writing, and your job is to make the writing understandable and engaging to the target audience. Proofreading, rewriting, layout and indexing are some of the duties that editors do on a daily basis.
Some editors are also required to “fact check" documents, and you may enjoy that aspect of editing if you also like to do research. The three most common ways to work as an editor are in-house as an employee, as a telecommuter or as a freelancer. All of these work arrangements are competitive and it can be tough to get your foot in the door, but it’s worth the effort.
Working as a freelancer has the most flexible options, and has the highest income earning potential. It’s also the scariest way to work, because there are no guarantees that the work you have today will continue tomorrow, and pay is often less frequent and irregular. Some English majors don’t believe that there’s such a thing as job security anyway, and have taken the plunge into freelance editing work and have done quite well.
Here are some of the editing jobs that you can apply for:
- Technical writing editor
- Managing editor
- Web editor
- Copy editor
- Speech editor
The range of pay for editor jobs in the United States is between $ 34,624 and $53,488 according to PayScale. A freelance editor can expect to earn anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000 monthly to start, but there are no limits to what you can earn.