Assistant Editor Salary
|Salary||$28,786 - $52,744|
|Bonus||$400.00 - $5,500|
|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).)
|$27,303 - $55,209|
|Hourly Rate||$11.55 - $27.56|
|Overtime||$17.60 - $40.81|
|Bonus||$400.00 - $5,500|
|Total Pay (||$27,303 - $55,209|
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.Read More...
Assistant editors have many different responsibilities and job duties depending on the medium in which they work. For newspapers and magazines, they may assist the editor in chief with selecting and editing articles to be published, as well as editing, proofreading, and fact-checking. They may also help select digital media to accompany the article such as photographs, diagrams, or other illustrations; they may also help with layout.
In other fields, such as book publishing, assistant editors work with manuscripts. Assistant editors are responsible for proofreading and checking the manuscript for content, style, syntax, and other issues. Many assistant editors work their way up to a position in publishing by performing assistant editor duties such as fact checking and copy editing.
To become an assistant editor, most people must have at least a bachelor’s degree in English or a related field. Sometimes, a graduate-level degree is required; experience is typically preferred.
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
Assistant Editors who transition into a Senior Editor role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $62K per year. Assistant Editors moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Editors or Video Editors. The median paychecks in those roles are $8K higher and $4K higher, respectively.
Popular Skills for Assistant Editor
Assistant Editors seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Avid Media Composer, Media Management, and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 18 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Social Media Optimization, Adobe InDesign, and Copywriting. 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.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $37K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $40K. For Assistant Editors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $45K. 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
For Assistant Editors, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Assistant Editors will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), Chicago (+7 percent), and New York (+7 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Assistant Editor's salary, with Topeka Assistant Editors earning salaries that are 21 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston (12 percent lower) and Minneapolis (11 percent lower).
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