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Assistant Editor Salary

Assistant Editors in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $36K per year. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although just under one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Most Assistant Editors like their work and job satisfaction is high. More than half of Assistant Editors (66 percent) survey participants are women. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$27,300 - $50,265
(Median)
$27K
$36K
$50K
MEDIAN: $35,648
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$10.28 - $26.47
(Median)
$10
$16
$26
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,300 - $50,265  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,976  
Profit Sharing
$688 - $1,028  
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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$26,215 - $52,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 669
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.28 - $26.47  
   
Overtime
$14.49 - $38.66  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,976  
   
Profit Sharing
$688 - $1,028  
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).
)
$26,215 - $52,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 198
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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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At the upper end, Assistant Editors who move into a Magazine Editor in Chief role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Magazine Editors in Chief is a much higher $62K per year. It is quite typical for Assistant Editors to transition into roles as Video Editors or Editors, where reported median earnings are $5K and $9K higher per year.

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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, avid, and Apple Final Cut Pro are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent, 25 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Social Media Optimization, Web Content Management, and Microsoft Office. Those familiar with Editing also tend to 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 Assistant Editors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $35K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $41K. Assistant Editors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $43K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $50K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


Assistant Editors will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 27 percent. Assistant Editors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+18 percent), Atlanta (+10 percent), Washington (+9 percent), and Austin (+5 percent). With compensation 20 percent below the national average, Birmingham is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Nashville (14 percent less) and Baltimore (10 percent less).

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 40%



National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Editor Salaries

Avid Media Composer
up arrow 36%

avid
up arrow 25%


Adobe After Effects
up arrow 10%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 3%

Video Editing
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

National Average
$36,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

Proofreading
up arrow 2%

Copywriting
up arrow 2%

Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Web Content Management
up arrow 6%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 22%
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