Assistant Editor Salary

Assistant Editors aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $36K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Assistant Editors like their work and job satisfaction is high. There are more female Assistant Editors who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 67 percent. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, slightly more than a fifth claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,207 - $50,719
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$51K
MEDIAN: $36,035
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$10.50 - $29.59
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$11
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,207 - $50,719  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,927  
Profit Sharing
$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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$27,031 - $53,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 724
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.50 - $29.59  
   
Overtime
$14.59 - $43.82  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,927  
   
Profit Sharing
$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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$27,031 - $53,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 213
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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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Assistant Editors who transition into a Magazine Editor in Chief role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $62K per year. When Assistant Editors are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Editors or Video Editors. Those roles pay an additional $9K and $5K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Editor


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 18 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Web Content Management, Microsoft Office, and Project Management. Those proficient in Editing are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


Assistant Editors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $36K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $42K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Assistant Editors make a median salary of $43K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Assistant Editor generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $49K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,369

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Assistant Editors in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Assistant Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+15 percent), Washington (+9 percent), Atlanta (+7 percent), and New York (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 18 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Topeka. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Nashville and 10 percent less in Seattle, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Assistant Editor Reviews

What is it like working as an Assistant Editor?

Assistant Editor in Rochester:
"Shoot and edit video and audio productions."
Pros: Working with video editing software, tight-knit community, friendly co-workers, using critical thinking and creativity daily.
Cons: The poor pay rate. That is the only thing I dislike.

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 35%



National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Editor Salaries

Avid Media Composer
up arrow 26%

Adobe Premiere
up arrow 18%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 13%


Video Editing
up arrow 7%

avid
up arrow 6%

Adobe InDesign
0%

Technical Writing
0%

National Average
$36,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Copywriting
up arrow 2%

Proofreading
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%

Web Content Management
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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