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Assistant Editor Salary

Assistant Editors in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $36K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. The majority of Assistant Editors (66 percent) who took the survey are female. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$27,332 - $50,306
(Median)
$27K
$36K
$50K
MEDIAN: $35,711
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$10.28 - $26.47
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$10
$16
$26
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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
$27,332 - $50,306  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
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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$26,195 - $52,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 665
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.28 - $26.47  
   
Overtime
$14.49 - $38.66  
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 - $3,973  
   
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).
)
$26,195 - $52,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 198

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Magazine Editor in Chief. The latter position pays an average of $62K annually. Career advancement for the typical Assistant Editor often leads to becoming a Video Editor or an Editor; median salaries in these positions are $5K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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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, avid, and Apple Final Cut Pro are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent, 25 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Social Media Optimization, Web Content Management, and Microsoft Office. 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.


Assistant Editors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $35K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $41K. For Assistant Editors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $43K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Assistant Editor generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $50K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Assistant Editors that is 28 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Assistant Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+18 percent), Atlanta (+10 percent), Washington (+9 percent), and Austin (+5 percent). In Birmingham, salaries are 20 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Nashville and 10 percent less in Baltimore, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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 40%



National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Editor Salaries

Avid Media Composer
up arrow 36%

avid
up arrow 25%


Adobe After Effects
up arrow 10%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 3%

Video Editing
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

National Average
$36,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

Proofreading
up arrow 2%

Copywriting
up arrow 2%

Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Web Content Management
up arrow 5%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 153 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: 21%
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