Fashion Editor Job Profile

Fashion editors supervise the process of creating, developing and presenting content for fashion-specific magazines, websites, newspaper sections, or television shows. Editors occupy the mid to highest-level positions at publications. Under guidance of the editor-in-chief, they are responsible for deciding the creative influence and direction that their departments will pursue during a given season or issue. Editors may specialize in apparel, accessories, beauty and make-up, and so on. Due to the deadline-driven nature of their work, editors should enjoy a fast-paced environment.

Salary Range:

Entry level pay may range from $30,000 to $40,000 Experienced may range from $40,000 to $60,000 Top level pay may range from $70,000 to $100,000


Employment of editors and writers is expected to increase 10% to 20% between 2002 and 2012, according to the US Dept of Labor. There are a variety of outlets in which prospective editors may seek employment including but not limited to: fashion magazines, fashion sections of news, entertainment and lifestyle magazines, newspapers, television shows, websites, etc. Growth in any of these sectors means an increased demand for experienced writers and editors. Because competition for these jobs is fierce, aspiring editors must be creative, hard working and willing to start at the bottom and take opportunities as they arise. Once in the system, opportunities for advancement become more readily available.


A 4-yr bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design & Merchandising, or Journalism is required. Coursework in both fields is a plus. A Liberal Arts degree with the necessary related coursework is also a good option.


Internships with fashion publications is a good way to get a foot in the door. A portfolio of previous written and published work is required.

Personal Characteristics/Skills:

Passion for fashion; broad knowledge of fashion industry trends and forecasts; excellent writing/journalistic skills; great organizer and planner; excellent interpersonal and management skills; competitive spirit; ability to perform well under stress.

Career Path:

  • Associate Editor
  • Editor
  • Senior Editor
  • Editor-in-Chief

Also called:

  • Apparel Editor
  • Accessories Editor
  • Fashion Producer