Assistant Editor Salary

Assistant Editors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $36K per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Assistant Editors is high. While some workers in this profession — just under one in four — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. Women account for the majority of Assistant Editors who responded to the questionnaire — 66 percent to be exact. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,504 - $50,010
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$50K
MEDIAN: $35,720
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$10.19 - $26.58
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$16
$27
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,504 - $50,010  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,047  
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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$26,397 - $52,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 670
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.19 - $26.58  
   
Overtime
$13.28 - $37.95  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,047  
   
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).
)
$26,397 - $52,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 195
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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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At the upper end, Assistant Editors who move into a Magazine Editor in Chief role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Magazine Editors in Chief is a much higher $62K per year. A common career progression for an Assistant Editor is to become a Video Editor or an Editor. Compared to Assistant Editors, the first group earns $5K more on average, and the second group earns $9K more.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Editor


Survey results imply that Assistant Editors deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Avid Media Composer, avid, and Apple Final Cut Pro are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent, 24 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Social Media Optimization, Web Content Management, and Microsoft Office. Most people skilled in Editing are similarly competent in 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.


For many Assistant Editors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $35K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $41K. Assistant Editors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $42K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Assistant Editor with more than 20 years of experience can earn $49K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Assistant Editors, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Assistant Editors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+18 percent), Washington (+9 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent), and Austin (+5 percent). Assistant Editors in Birmingham earn salaries far below the national average by 20 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Nashville and Houston (15 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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 36%

avid
up arrow 24%


Adobe After Effects
up arrow 10%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 3%

Video Editing
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 3%

Web Content Management
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 139 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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