According to the latest from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, beginning salaries for writers and editorial assistants average $21,000, making them some of the lowest-paying jobs of all.
After five years on the job, writers and editors make about $30,000.
Senior editors at the largest newspapers can earn up to $67,000.
These figures are for salaried positions; a large proportion of writers and editors freelance, making their job security virtually nonexistent.
And you wonder why most of us went to butler school.