Assistant Editors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $38K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Women make up the majority of Assistant Editors (68 percent) who completed the questionnaire. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,556 - $53,883
$29K
$38K
$54K
MEDIAN: $37,640
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$11.65 - $27.52
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,556 - $53,883  
   
Bonus
$397.32 - $5,081  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$27,232 - $55,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 437
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.65 - $27.52  
   
Overtime
$17.44 - $41.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$397.32 - $5,081  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$27,232 - $55,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 156

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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

  • Edit, proofread and fact check copy.
  • Work with the editorial team on projects and content creation.
  • Develop and write online content.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Editor


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Assistant Editors may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Editor, where median compensation is $62K annually. The most common next step for an Assistant Editor is to become an Editor or a Video Editor. The former position pays an additional $8K per year on average, and the latter position pays $4K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Editor


Assistant Editors seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Media Management, Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Video Editing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 17 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Social Media Optimization, Adobe InDesign, and Technical Writing. Those familiar with Editing also tend to 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.


Assistant Editors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $37K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $40K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. Assistant Editors who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,742

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

For Assistant Editors, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 24 percent greater than the national average. Assistant Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), New York (+7 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). Assistant Editors in Topeka earn salaries far below the national average by 21 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers in Houston and Minneapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

Assistant Editor Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Assistant Editor

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Assistant Editor Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Editor Salaries

Media Management
up arrow 17%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 10%


Video Editing
up arrow 3%


National Average
$38,000

Blogging
up arrow 1%

up arrow 2%



Adobe Premiere
up arrow 4%



Technical Writing
up arrow 7%


Social Media Optimization
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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