Assistant Editor Salary (United States)

A relatively inexperienced group of workers, somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Assistant Editors report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this group is around $35,248 per year. Pay generally spreads from $25,834 to $51,956 per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. About one-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, most report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. More than half of Assistant Editors (68 percent) are women. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Assistant Editors. 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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For Assistant Editors, career advancement has a positively large impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Magazine Editor in Chief will earn $26K more than someone not as far along in their career. Career advancement for Assistant Editors often leads to becoming Video Editors or Managing Editors, where they can earn $5,817 or $15,334 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, 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Web Content Management, Social Media Optimization, and Copywriting. 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.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. Starting at around $35K, salaries see a boost to $41K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $45K after 10 to 20 years. After 20 years of work in the field, Assistant Editors typically earn $55K and go on to enjoy solid increases in earnings. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 7 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 2 percent. The greater part of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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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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With a pay rate for Assistant Editors that is 24 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Other big spenders include Atlanta, Los Angeles, Washington, and New York, top-paying cities where Assistant Editors see paychecks higher than average (+13 percent, +12 percent, +9 percent, and +5 percent). Birmingham is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average. Workers in Nashville and Minneapolis earn less than others in this profession; their -13 percent and -8 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

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
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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%