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Assistant Editor Salary (United States)

Assistant Editors in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $35K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Assistant Editors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Assistant Editors are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (68 percent) are women. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, just under a fourth claim no health benefits at all. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Assistant Editor Salary (?
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$27,247 - $50,306
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MEDIAN: $35,466
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Assistant Editor Salary (?
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$9.99 - $25.63
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,247 - $50,306  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,465  
Profit Sharing
$450.00 - $1,000  
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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$25,937 - $51,947  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 679
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.99 - $25.63  
   
Overtime
$14.64 - $37.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,465  
   
Profit Sharing
$450.00 - $1,000  
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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$25,937 - $51,947  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 199
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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 transition into an upper level Magazine Editor in Chief role may receive a large increase in pay as the position pays an average $62K per year. When Assistant Editors are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Video Editors or Editors. Those roles pay an additional $5K and $9K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Editor

Assistant Editors seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with avid, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 42 percent, 10 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Web Content Management and Social Media Optimization. Most people experienced in 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.
For many Assistant Editors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $35K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $41K. Assistant Editors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $42K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $58K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$36,000
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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 Los Angeles (+14 percent), Atlanta (+12 percent), New York (+5 percent), and Washington (+5 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Birmingham is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Nashville and Baltimore (14 percent lower and 9 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 62%
Experienced
up arrow 18%
National Average
$36,000

Skills That Affect Assistant Editor Salaries

avid
up arrow 42%
Apple Final Cut Pro
up arrow 10%
Adobe After Effects
up arrow 8%
Adobe InDesign
up arrow 5%
Blogging
up arrow 5%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%
Adobe Photoshop
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Editing
0%
Technical Writing
0%
National Average
$36,000
Video Editing
up arrow 1%
Copywriting
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Proofreading
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Project Management
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Social Media Optimization
up arrow 6%
Web Content Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 188 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
19%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 22%