Associate Editor Salary

An average Associate Editor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $42K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, Associate Editors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$30,517 - $61,263
(Median)
$31K
$42K
$61K
MEDIAN: $41,675
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$11.74 - $26.93
(Median)
$12
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,517 - $61,263  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,531  
Profit Sharing
$625 - $2,500  
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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$30,266 - $61,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 451
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $26.93  
   
Overtime
$24.05 - $41.08  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,531  
   
Profit Sharing
$625 - $2,500  
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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$30,266 - $61,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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Job Description for Associate Editor

Associate editors play a key supporting managerial role for web- and print-based media outlets. These professionals may work under an editor of a specific section or subject (such as “associate editor for technology”), or they may be the second-in-command to an overarching editor or editor in chief. A key part of the associate editor’s job is to ensure content fits their organization's style and standards. They often work with staff and/or freelance content producers (such as writers and videographers), editing their producers' work for style and content. These editors may ask the content producer to make specific changes to their work, make the changes themselves, or some combination of the two. After editing is complete, the associate editor sends the written work to the next step in the publications process; for example, they may post the completed work online, send it to a copy editor, or send it to the section editor. Additionally, the associate editor may be required to locate appropriate visuals, text, and/or video to accompany content.

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Associate Editor Tasks

  • Edit and approve written work prior to publication.
  • Develop and maintain publishing calendar, making adjustments, and sending reminders.
  • Coordinate with editors, writers, and other team members to meet deadlines.
  • Assign and oversee contract and freelance staff.

Common Career Paths for Associate Editor


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It's not very common for Associate Editors to move on to become Senior Editors. Average pay for a Senior Editor is $62K annually. It is quite typical for Associate Editors to transition into roles as Editors or Managing Editors, where reported median earnings are $3K and $9K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Associate Editor


Associate Editors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in writing, Acquisitions, Project Management, and Content Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Proofreading, Web Content Management, and Copywriting. Those proficient in Editing are, more often than not, also skilled in Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Editor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Associate Editors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $40K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $47K. Associate Editors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $54K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


Associate Editors will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 22 percent. Associate Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+16 percent), Washington (+15 percent), Austin (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). Associate Editors in Atlanta make 33 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cleveland and Madison (22 percent lower and 21 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Associate Editor Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Associate Editor Salaries

writing
up arrow 6%

Acquisitions
up arrow 5%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Content Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$42,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

People Management
up arrow 1%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 2%

Technical Writing
up arrow 3%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 3%

Blogging
up arrow 4%


Copywriting
up arrow 5%

Proofreading
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 11%
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