Assistant Editors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $37K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction for Assistant Editors is high. Women make up the majority of Assistant Editors (68 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,235 - $52,311
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$28K
$37K
$52K
MEDIAN: $37,435
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$11.52 - $28.80
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,235 - $52,311  
   
Bonus
$401.34 - $5,045  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$26,870 - $56,128  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 442
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.52 - $28.80  
   
Overtime
$16.49 - $44.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$401.34 - $5,045  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$26,870 - $56,128  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 161
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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, progressing to a Senior Editor role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Editor can earn $62K annually. It is quite typical for Assistant Editors to transition into roles as Editors or Video Editors, where reported median earnings are $8K and $4K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Editor


Survey results imply that Assistant Editors deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Media Management, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, and Video Editing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Social Media Optimization, Microsoft Office, and Adobe InDesign. Most people skilled in Editing are similarly competent in 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $37K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $42K. Assistant Editors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $44K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Assistant Editor with more than 20 years of experience can earn $50K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,679

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

For Assistant Editors, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Assistant Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), New York (+8 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Assistant Editor's salary, with Topeka Assistant Editors earning salaries that are 20 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Houston (12 percent less) and Minneapolis (11 percent less).

Assistant Editor Reviews

What is it like working as an Assistant Editor?

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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Experience Affects Assistant Editor Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Editor Salaries

Media Management
up arrow 19%

Adobe Premiere
up arrow 13%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 10%

Video Editing
up arrow 4%

Apple Final Cut Pro
up arrow 4%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

National Average
$38,000

Editing
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 4%




Technical Writing
up arrow 7%


Microsoft Office
up arrow 8%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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