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Associate Editor Salary

Median pay for Associate Editors in the United States is around $42K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Associate Editors report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Associate Editors survey respondents are women (70 percent). Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance.

$30,505 - $61,582
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$31K
$42K
$62K
MEDIAN: $41,677
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$11.67 - $27.09
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$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
$30,505 - $61,582  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,511  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $2,975  
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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$30,230 - $62,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 432
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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.67 - $27.09  
   
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 - $4,511  
   
Profit Sharing
$983 - $2,975  
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).
)
$30,230 - $62,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38

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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 not commonly seen, Associate Editors who transition into a Senior Editor position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior Editors is $61K per year. Career advancement for the typical Associate Editor often leads to becoming an Editor or a Managing Editor; median salaries in these positions are $3K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Associate Editor


Survey results imply that Associate Editors deploy 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, with boosts of 6 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Proofreading, Copywriting, and Web Content Management. Most people skilled in Editing are similarly competent in Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Editor

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


For Associate Editors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $40K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $48K. Associate Editors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $54K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $59K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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 (+19 percent), Washington (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), and Austin (+10 percent). Associate Editors in Cleveland make 22 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Madison and Chicago (21 percent lower and 11 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 4%

Content Management
up arrow 1%

Editing
0%

National Average
$42,000

People Management
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 2%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 3%

Blogging
up arrow 4%


Copywriting
up arrow 8%

Proofreading
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
56%
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: 59% employee benefits None: 11%
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