What does a Production Editor do?

Production editors oversee production processes required before they release leading up to the release of a publication. They perform tasks including management of publication staff, reinforcement of quality standards, and setting of deadlines. They also select content, negotiate contracts with freelancers, proofread and edit content, and provide relevant staff feedback. Production editors review content for editing purposes and communicate with writers, editors, clients, and vendors to ensure the publication meets standards and deadlines.

Production editors choose the content to feature in a publication including books, magazines, journals, or newspapers and schedule the publishing dates and relevant deadlines. They are responsible for hiring staff and negotiating contracts with freelancers. They proofread and edit content and offer feedback to the writers and other creators and editorial team members. Production editors have a bachelor's degree in English, journalism, or related fields and often begin as writers and work their way up to editor status.

Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Production Editor Salaries

Average Base Pay

$54,712 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Production Editor Career Path

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Production Editor Insights

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The Washington PostThe Washington Post
Multiplatform Editor
Jun 25, 2021

“solid salary; prestige of working there; rigor of the workload forced me to improve as a copy editor”

Alight SolutionsAlight Solutions
Production Editor
Sept 3, 2021

“I emailed the Alight hiring manager asking what was the maximum hours I could log.”

Knowledgeworks GlobalKnowledgeworks Global
Production Editor
Mar 20, 2022

“hour days as a salary employee of a meager $40k a year salary range.”

Scientific Publishing ServicesScientific Publishing Services
Senior Production Editor
May 31, 2022

“Good work life balance.”

SPi Global SPi Global
Production Editor
Mar 23, 2022

“Good work life balance.”

Production Editor
Aug 14, 2020

“Work from home is actively encouraged.”

SAGE PublishingSAGE Publishing
Senior Production Editor
Jan 20, 2022

“Good training opportunities.”

Senior Production Editor
Jun 30, 2021

“No job security.”

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