Associate Editor Salary

Pay for Associate Editors in the United States sits in the ballpark of $43K annually. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the specific employer and tenure. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under one-half. Most Associate Editors survey respondents are women (77 percent). For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$34,009 - $59,364
$34K
$43K
$59K
MEDIAN: $42,939
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$12.29 - $28.19
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MEDIAN: $17.96
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$0$59K
Salary $34,009 - $59,364
Bonus $367.02 - $6,053
Profit Sharing $1,000
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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$32,495 - $59,869
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 399
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $12.29 - $28.19
Overtime $18.00 - $37.69
Annual Data $0$59K
Bonus $367.02 - $6,053
Profit Sharing $1,000
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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$32,495 - $59,869
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • 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

  • 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


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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. Typical career progression for an Associate Editor involves becoming an Editor or a Managing Editor, roles that pay $3K more and $9K more on average.

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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 33 percent, 12 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Social Media Marketing, Blogging, and Proofreading. Most people familiar with Editing also know Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Editor

Pay by Experience for an Associate Editor has a positive trend. An entry-level Associate Editor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 331 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Associate Editor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 112 salaries. An experienced Associate Editor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 43 salaries. An Associate Editor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 17 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,446

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

For Associate Editors, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 15 percent greater than the national average. Associate Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+13 percent), Austin (+8 percent), New York (+7 percent), and Los Angeles (+7 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Minneapolis Associate Editors earning much less — 30 percent less — than 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.

Associate Editor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Associate Editor?

Associate Editor in Washington:
"Hard working."
Pros: As Associate Editor of National Journal LIVE, I help produce the magazine's events. That means I conceptualize and write about the policy topics we discuss at the range of National Journal's different events, speaker book, and help the journalists leading our conversations with preparation and research based on our event topics and the speakers participating in them. I enjoy working in media and close to the politics/policy world, liasoning with government offices and writing about and for our events.
Cons: I dislike the long hours associated with my position.

Associate Editor in Nashville:
"Great Environment."
Pros: Work flexibility, creative, supportive, female environment.
Cons: Undefined responsibilities, lack of opportunities to grow.

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Key Stats for Associate Editor

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 87 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Associate Editor Salaries

▲22%

▲21%

▲12%

National Average
$42,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Associate Editor Salaries

Graphic Design
▲33%


▲6%

Content Management
▲4%

Acquisitions
▲3%

National Average
$42,000

▼1%

▼1%



People Management
▼3%


▼4%


Blogging
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 19%
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