Associate Editor Salary

The average Associate Editor in the United States earns approximately $42K per year. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of Associate Editors claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$30,435 - $61,244
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$61K
MEDIAN: $41,812
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$11.74 - $26.93
(Median)
$12
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,435 - $61,244  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,524  
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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$30,212 - $61,795  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 462
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 (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,524  
   
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).
)
$30,212 - $61,795  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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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While Associate Editors do not often become Senior Editors, the job pays $61K per year on average. Associate Editors most often move into positions as Editors or Managing Editors; those groups report median salaries that are $3K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Associate Editor


Survey takers working as Associate Editors report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in writing, Acquisitions, Project Management, and Content Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Proofreading, Web Content Management, and Blogging. Most people familiar with Editing also know 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $40K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $47K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $54K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $59K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Associate Editors that is 22 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Associate Editors will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+16 percent), Washington (+15 percent), Austin (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Associate Editors in Atlanta report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 34 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers pay around 22 percent less in Cleveland and 21 percent less in Madison, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 4%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Content Management
0%

National Average
$42,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

People Management
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

Copywriting
up arrow 2%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 3%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 3%

Blogging
up arrow 4%


Proofreading
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 11%
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