Assistant Editor Salary

Assistant Editors in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $36K per year on average. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Assistant Editors survey participants are largely women, dominating at 67 percent. Job satisfaction for Assistant Editors is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$27,642 - $50,142

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$10.12 - $27.22

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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
$27,642 - $50,142  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,001  
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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$26,440 - $52,432  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 675
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.12 - $27.22  
   
Overtime
$14.41 - $44.45  
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 - $4,001  
   
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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$26,440 - $52,432  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 200
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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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As Assistant Editors transition into upper-level roles such as Magazine Editor in Chief, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Magazine Editors in Chief earn $62K on average per year. Assistant Editors moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Video Editors or Editors. The median paychecks in those roles are $5K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Editor


Assistant Editors seem to wield many skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Avid Media Composer can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 28 percent above average. Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Effects are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 12 percent and 28 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.


Assistant Editors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $41K. Assistant Editors see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $48K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Assistant Editors, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Assistant Editors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+20 percent), Washington (+9 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), and New York (+6 percent). Nashville is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Houston and Dallas (9 percent lower).

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 33%



National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Editor Salaries

Avid Media Composer
up arrow 28%


Adobe After Effects
up arrow 12%

avid
up arrow 7%

Video Editing
up arrow 3%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
0%

National Average
$36,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

Proofreading
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Copywriting
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Web Content Management
up arrow 6%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

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: 44% employee benefits None: 22%
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