Assistant Editor Salary (United States)

Around three-quarters of Assistant Editors report fewer than five years in the field, making for a fairly junior workforce. The group as a whole takes home roughly $35,248 annually on average. Compensation starts at $25,834 and can reach $51,956 per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, 23 percent are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by most and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Most Assistant Editors (68 percent) are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Assistant Editor Salary (?
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$27,107 - $50,256
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MEDIAN: $35,205
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Assistant Editor Salary (?
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$10.01 - $25.85
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,107 - $50,256  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,477  
Profit Sharing
$700 - $983  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,834 - $51,956  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 710
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $25.85  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $37.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,477  
   
Profit Sharing
$700 - $983  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,834 - $51,956  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 207
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Job Description for Assistant Editor

Assistant editors - sometimes called editorial assistants - work in many media-related fields such as in book publishing, magazines, newspapers, radio programs, or websites. They work under the supervision of an editor in chief or senior editors, and they may maintain frequent contact with reporters, guest writers, and authors.
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Assistant Editor Tasks
  • Develop and write online content.
  • Work with the editorial team on projects and content creation.
  • Edit, proofread and fact check copy.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Editor

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Additional career progression can lead to a hefty increase in pay for Assistant Editors. At the upper end, those who move into an Magazine Editor in Chief role can bring in an extra $26K per year. Assistant Editors typically move into roles as Video Editors or Managing Editors, where they can expect an extra $5,817 or $15,334 per year.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Editor

Assistant Editors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with avid, Adobe InDesign, and Blogging are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Web Content Management, Social Media Optimization, and Copywriting. Most people who know Editing also know Adobe Photoshop and Video Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Editor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Assistant Editors, experience seems to be a major factor in determining pay. After five to 10 years, compensation can go from $35K to $41K. Pay amounts to $45K after 10 to 20 years. Paychecks show no signs of slowing down as Assistant Editors approach two decades on the job—pay continues to accelerate and typical earnings come to $55K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 7 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 2 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, most land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Atlanta
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Washington
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Boston
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National Average
$35,000
Chicago
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Indianapolis
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Minneapolis
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Nashville
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San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Assistant Editors, 24 percent above the national average. Assistant Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), Washington (+9 percent), and New York (+5 percent). Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Birmingham is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Nashville (-13 percent) and Minneapolis (-8 percent).

Assistant Editor Reviews

What is it like working as an Assistant Editor?
Assistant Editor in Lanham:
"Demanding But Rewarding."
Pros: There's something new to learn everyday. It challenges you to be involved and proactive about making the jump to acquire your own titles. The camaraderie among you fellow editorial folk is priceless, so while the occasional telecommuting option is nice you lose out on some of the workplace banter.
Cons: There are never enough hours in the day to get everything done; and in academic publishing, you can't fall behind because of course adoption cycles. Often times it leads to bringing work home, which is a huge problem.

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Experience Affects Assistant Editor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 55%
Experienced
up arrow 26%
National Average
$35,000

Skills That Affect Assistant Editor Salaries

avid
up arrow 28%
Adobe InDesign
up arrow 6%
Blogging
up arrow 6%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%
Apple Final Cut Pro
up arrow 4%
Adobe After Effects
up arrow 3%
Technical Writing
up arrow 2%
Editing
0%
National Average
$35,000
Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%
Project Management
up arrow 1%
Proofreading
up arrow 2%
Video Editing
up arrow 4%
Copywriting
up arrow 4%
Social Media Optimization
up arrow 5%
Web Content Management
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 228 votes.

Gender

Female
68%
female alumni
 
Male
32%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 23%
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