Assistant Editor Salary

Assistant Editors in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $36K per year. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Assistant Editors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The majority of Assistant Editors (67 percent) who took the survey are women. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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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
$17
$30
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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 (?
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Magazine Editor in Chief. The average Magazine Editor in Chief brings home $62K per year. A common career progression for an Assistant Editor is to become an Editor or a Video Editor. Compared to Assistant Editors, the first group earns $9K more on average, and the second group earns $5K more.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Editor


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Web Content Management, Microsoft Office, and Project Management. Most people 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $36K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $42K. Assistant Editors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $43K. As Assistant Editors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $49K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,369

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

Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Assistant Editors in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Assistant Editors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+15 percent), Washington (+9 percent), Atlanta (+7 percent), and New York (+6 percent). Topeka is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Nashville (14 percent lower) and Seattle (10 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 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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