Associate Editors in the United States take home an average $43K per year. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Associate Editors make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,632 - $58,509
(Median)
$33K
$43K
$59K
MEDIAN: $42,761
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$12.05 - $24.91
(Median)
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$32,632 - $58,509  
   
Bonus
$317.11 - $6,939  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$31,099 - $58,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 433
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.05 - $24.91  
   
Overtime
$15.32 - $38.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$317.11 - $6,939  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$31,099 - $58,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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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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Associate Editors who advance into the role of a Senior Editor are fairly uncommon. Senior Editors on average earn $62K 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.

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Popular Skills for Associate Editor


Associate Editors report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Graphic Design, Technical Writing, and writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 43 percent, 9 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Blogging, Social Media Marketing, and Proofreading. Those educated in Editing tend to be well versed in Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Editor

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Associate Editors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $41K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $47K. Associate Editors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $49K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Associate Editor generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,389

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 23 percent, Associate Editors in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Associate Editors will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+13 percent), New York (+8 percent), Austin (+8 percent), and Los Angeles (+7 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Associate Editors is geography, with workers in Minneapolis earning a whopping 31 percent below the national average. Madison and Nashville are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 21 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Associate Editor Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Associate Editor Salaries

Graphic Design
up arrow 43%


writing
up arrow 6%

Content Management
up arrow 4%

Acquisitions
up arrow 3%

National Average
$42,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

Copywriting
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 3%

Web Content Management
up arrow 4%

Proofreading
up arrow 4%


Blogging
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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