Assistant Editor Average Salary

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 66 Assistant Editor votes.
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$28,564 - $53,222  
$402.68 - $5,190  
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$27,140 - $55,782  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 13 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 568

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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.

Assistant editors have many different responsibilities and job duties depending on the medium in which they work. For newspapers and magazines, they may assist the editor in chief with selecting and editing articles to be published, as well as editing, proofreading, and fact-checking. They may also help select digital media to accompany the article such as photographs, diagrams, or other illustrations; they may also help with layout.

In other fields, such as book publishing, assistant editors work with manuscripts. Assistant editors are responsible for proofreading and checking the manuscript for content, style, syntax, and other issues. Many assistant editors work their way up to a position in publishing by performing assistant editor duties such as fact checking and copy editing.

To become an assistant editor, most people must have at least a bachelor’s degree in English or a related field. Sometimes, a graduate-level degree is required; experience is typically preferred.
Assistant Editor Tasks
  • Edit, proofread and fact check copy.
  • Work with the editorial team on projects and content creation.
  • Develop and write online content.

Key Stats


67 %
33 %
$28,921 - $44,425
$28,680 - $49,230

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$29,832 - $44,743
$28,000 - $47,023
$24,747 - $45,000
$28,188 - $45,100
$34,374 - $39,305

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