Assistant Editor Salary

Assistant Editors aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $36K per year. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just over a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Assistant Editors is high. Women account for the majority of Assistant Editors who responded to the questionnaire — 66 percent to be exact. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,550 - $50,077
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$50K
MEDIAN: $35,730
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$10.17 - $26.86
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$10
$16
$27
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,550 - $50,077  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,056  
Profit Sharing
$688 - $1,028  
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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$26,361 - $52,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 672
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.17 - $26.86  
   
Overtime
$13.40 - $42.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,056  
   
Profit Sharing
$688 - $1,028  
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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$26,361 - $52,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 198
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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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For Assistant Editors, progressing to a Magazine Editor in Chief role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Magazine Editor in Chief can earn $62K annually. Video Editors or Editors are common next-step roles for Assistant Editors moving up in their careers; annual pay for Video Editors is $5K higher on average, and it's $9K higher for Editors.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Editor


Assistant Editors seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Avid Media Composer, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent, 12 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Social Media Optimization, Web Content Management, and Microsoft Office. The majority of those 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $35K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $41K. For Assistant Editors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $42K. Assistant Editors who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $49K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Assistant Editors, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 21 percent greater than the national average. Assistant Editors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+19 percent), Washington (+9 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent), and New York (+5 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Assistant Editors is geography, with workers in Birmingham earning a whopping 20 percent below the national average. Employers in Nashville and Minneapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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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 36%


Adobe After Effects
up arrow 10%

avid
up arrow 7%

Video Editing
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%

Technical Writing
0%

National Average
$36,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Proofreading
up arrow 2%

Copywriting
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Web Content Management
up arrow 5%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 22%
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