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Assistant Editor Salary (United States)

Somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Assistant Editors report fewer than five years in the field, and the median pay in this field is about $35K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair portion have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, just under a fourth claim no health benefits at all. The majority of Assistant Editors (68 percent) are women. Work is enjoyable for Assistant Editors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Assistant Editor Salary (?
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$27,107 - $50,256
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MEDIAN: $35,205
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Assistant Editor Salary (?
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$10.01 - $25.85
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,107 - $50,256  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,477  
Profit Sharing
$700 - $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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$25,834 - $51,956  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 710
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $25.85  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $37.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,477  
   
Profit Sharing
$700 - $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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$25,834 - $51,956  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 207
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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. an Magazine Editor in Chief typically earns $62K per year. Career advancement for the typical Assistant Editor often leads to becoming a Video Editor or a Managing Editor; median salaries in these positions are $6K higher and $15K higher, respectively.

Assistant Editor Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Assistant Editor

Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with avid, Adobe InDesign, and Blogging are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Web Content Management, Social Media Optimization, and Copywriting. Those educated in Editing tend to be well versed 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.
Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $35K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $41K. Assistant Editors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $45K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $55K on average. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; the greater part of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up less than one in ten of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one-tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than two percent.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
up arrow 24%
Atlanta
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Washington
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Boston
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National Average
$35,000
Chicago
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Indianapolis
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Minneapolis
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Nashville
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Birmingham
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For Assistant Editors, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 24 percent greater than the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Atlanta, Los Angeles, Washington, and New York, top-paying markets where Assistant Editors rake in more than the national norm (+13 percent, +12 percent, +9 percent, and +5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Birmingham, which sits 18 percent below the national average. Nashville and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

Assistant Editor Reviews

What is it like working as an Assistant Editor?
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 55%
Experienced
up arrow 26%
National Average
$35,000

Skills That Affect Assistant Editor Salaries

avid
up arrow 28%
Adobe InDesign
up arrow 6%
Blogging
up arrow 6%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%
Apple Final Cut Pro
up arrow 4%
Adobe After Effects
up arrow 3%
Technical Writing
up arrow 2%
Editing
0%
National Average
$35,000
Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%
Project Management
up arrow 1%
Proofreading
up arrow 2%
Video Editing
up arrow 4%
Copywriting
up arrow 4%
Social Media Optimization
up arrow 5%
Web Content Management
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 228 votes.

Gender

Female
68%
female alumni
 
Male
32%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 23%