Associate Editor Salary
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.
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 editors work with a variety of personnel. They frequently take direction from a section editor, editor, managing editor, and/or editor in chief. They also with staff and freelance writers, photographers, videographers, and other content providers. An associate editor typically works in an office environment, and their shifts may vary depending on the publication schedule of the employer.
Employers typically prefer a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, as well as previous experience in the field. Excellent organizational and communication skills are essential, as well as outstanding writing and editing skills in their medium. Associate editors must also be proficient with basic computer software, and they may be required to know (or learn) specific software programs used by their organization.
Associate Editor Tasks
- Coordinate with editors, writers, and other team members to meet deadlines.
- Assign and oversee contract and freelance staff.
- Edit and approve written work prior to publication.
- Develop and maintain publishing calendar, making adjustments, and sending reminders.
Common Career Paths for Associate Editor
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
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.