Assistant Editor Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Assistant Editors in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $38K per year. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Assistant Editors — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Most Assistant Editors survey respondents are women (71 percent). While some workers in this profession — nearly one in five — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,048 - $53,784
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$38K
$54K
MEDIAN: $38,406
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$11.70 - $26.11
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$0$55K
Salary $29,048 - $53,784
Bonus $402.68 - $5,182
Profit Sharing $1,500
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).
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$27,901 - $55,080
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 441
Hourly Data $0$39
Hourly Rate $11.70 - $26.11
Hourly Tips $1.33
Overtime $17.88 - $39.97
Annual Data $0$55K
Bonus $402.68 - $5,182
Profit Sharing $1,500
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).
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$27,901 - $55,080
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 148

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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

  • 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


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Assistant Editors' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Editor. The average Senior Editor brings home $62K per year. Career advancement for the typical Assistant Editor often leads to becoming an Editor or a Video Editor; median salaries in these positions are $7K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Editor


Assistant Editors seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Avid Media Composer, Media Management, Adobe After Effects, and Video Editing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 19 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Social Media Optimization, Adobe InDesign, and Copywriting. Most people who know Editing also know Adobe Photoshop and Video Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Editor

Pay by Experience for an Assistant Editor has a positive trend. An entry-level Assistant Editor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 477 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Assistant Editor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 101 salaries. An experienced Assistant Editor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 38 salaries. An Assistant Editor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 17 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,459

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Assistant Editors, 20 percent higher than the national average. Assistant Editors will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), Chicago (+5 percent), and New York (+5 percent). Assistant Editors in Topeka report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 22 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Houston (14 percent lower) and Minneapolis (13 percent lower).

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Q: What is it like working as an Assistant Editor?

Assistant Editor in Minneapolis:
"My Job."
Pros: Creative work, flexibility.
Cons: Bad communication, process.

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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Key Stats for Assistant Editor

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Assistant Editor Salaries

▲29%

▲16%

▲3%

National Average
$38,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Assistant Editor Salaries

Avid Media Composer
▲19%





National Average
$38,000

Adobe Photoshop
▼2%


Blogging
▼3%

▼4%


▼7%

▼9%



Social Media Optimization
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 20%
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