Associate Editor Salary

Median pay for Associate Editors in the United States is around $42K per year. Location 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. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Associate Editors making up 71 percent. Work is enjoyable for Associate Editors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$30,989 - $61,210
(Median)
$31K
$42K
$61K
MEDIAN: $42,391
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$11.78 - $25.65
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,989 - $61,210  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,565  
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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$30,479 - $61,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 591
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.78 - $25.65  
   
Overtime
$15.32 - $40.31  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,565  
   
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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$30,479 - $61,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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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 do not often transition into Senior Editor roles. The role averages $62K per year. The most common next step for an Associate Editor is to become an Editor or a Managing Editor. The former position pays an additional $3K per year on average, and the latter position pays $9K more per year.

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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 Content Management, Acquisitions, writing, and Project 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 Social Media Marketing. For most people, competency in Editing indicates knowledge of Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Editor

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $40K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $48K. Associate Editors see a median salary of $55K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Associate Editors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,105

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

For Associate Editors, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Associate Editors will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+14 percent), Boston (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and Austin (+9 percent). Associate Editors in Atlanta earn salaries far below the national average by 22 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Workers in Madison and Minneapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (20 percent less and 19 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Associate Editor Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Associate Editor Salaries

Content Management
up arrow 4%

writing
up arrow 3%

Acquisitions
up arrow 3%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$42,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

Copywriting
up arrow 1%

People Management
up arrow 2%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 3%

Technical Writing
up arrow 3%

Blogging
up arrow 5%


Social Media Marketing
up arrow 6%

Proofreading
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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