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 $37K per year. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to a fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,786 - $52,744
$29K
$37K
$53K
MEDIAN: $37,296
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$11.55 - $27.56
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MEDIAN: $17.99
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,786 - $52,744  
   
Bonus
$400.00 - $5,500  
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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$27,303 - $55,209  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 421
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.55 - $27.56  
   
Overtime
$17.60 - $40.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$400.00 - $5,500  
   
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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$27,303 - $55,209  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 144

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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 who transition into a Senior Editor role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $62K per year. Assistant Editors moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Editors or Video Editors. The median paychecks in those roles are $8K higher and $4K higher, 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 Media Composer, Media Management, and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 18 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Social Media Optimization, Adobe InDesign, and Copywriting. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $37K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $40K. For Assistant Editors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $45K. Assistant Editors who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,815

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

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 Washington (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), Chicago (+7 percent), and New York (+7 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Assistant Editor's salary, with Topeka Assistant Editors earning salaries that are 21 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston (12 percent lower) and Minneapolis (11 percent lower).

Assistant Editor Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Assistant Editor

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Assistant Editor Salaries

▲31%

▲18%

▲5%

National Average
$38,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Assistant Editor Salaries

Avid Media Composer
▲21%





Adobe Photoshop
▼0%

National Average
$38,000

▼2%



Blogging
▼2%

▼6%

▼7%



Social Media Optimization
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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