Assistant Editor Salary

Pay for Assistant Editors in the United States is very modest at just $36K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. There are more female Assistant Editors who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 66 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,344 - $50,590
(Median)
$27K
$36K
$51K
MEDIAN: $35,815
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$10.19 - $26.58
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$10
$16
$27
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,344 - $50,590  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,962  
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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$26,287 - $52,510  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 686
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.19 - $26.58  
   
Overtime
$14.54 - $38.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,962  
   
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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$26,287 - $52,510  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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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Assistant Editors who go on to become Magazine Editors in Chief may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Magazine Editors in Chief is $62K annually. The most common next step for an Assistant Editor is to become a Video Editor or an Editor. The former position pays an additional $5K per year on average, and the latter position pays $8K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Editor


Assistant Editors report using 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Social Media Optimization, Web Content Management, and Project Management. Those familiar with Editing also tend to 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 tend to enjoy higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $35K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $41K. Assistant Editors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $45K. Assistant Editors who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Assistant Editors in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Assistant Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+18 percent), Atlanta (+12 percent), Washington (+8 percent), and Austin (+5 percent). Assistant Editors in Birmingham report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 20 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Nashville and Baltimore (15 percent lower and 11 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.

Related Job Salaries

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Experience Affects Assistant Editor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 63%



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%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Video Editing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$36,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

Proofreading
up arrow 2%

Copywriting
up arrow 2%

Project Management
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 169 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 21%