Associate Editor Salary

Earnings for Associate Editors in the United States come in at around $42K annually on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,417 - $60,947
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$61K
MEDIAN: $41,516
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$11.59 - $27.27
(Median)
$12
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
)
$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,417 - $60,947  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,537  
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).
)
$30,113 - $61,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 412
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.
)
$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.59 - $27.27  
   
Overtime
$12.37 - $41.32  
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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,537  
   
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).
)
$30,113 - $61,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 36

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

- OR -

Log in with LinkedIn

Comp Managers Click Here »

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.

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Though it's uncommon, some Associate Editors move into roles as Senior Editors, where pay is an average $61K per year. Associate Editors moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Editors or Managing Editors. The median paychecks in those roles are $3K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

Associate Editor Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for Associate Editor


Associate Editors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Acquisitions, Content Management, Project Management, and Editing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Copywriting, Web Content Management, and Blogging. The majority of those who know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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 $53K. Associate Editors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $57K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Associate Editors, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Associate Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+19 percent), Washington (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), and Austin (+10 percent). Compared to the national average, Madison Associate Editors have considerably lower salaries, 21 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cleveland (19 percent lower) and Chicago (9 percent lower).

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Experience Affects Associate Editor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%



National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Associate Editor Salaries

Acquisitions
up arrow 5%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Content Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

People Management
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

writing
up arrow 2%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 3%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 4%

Blogging
up arrow 4%

Proofreading
up arrow 4%


Copywriting
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

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: 87% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 12%