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Associate Editor Salary

Associate Editors in the United States can expect wages of $42K per year on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Associate Editors making up 70 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.
$29,971 - $61,452
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61K
MEDIAN: $41,545
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$10.34 - $27.63
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,971 - $61,452  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,473  
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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$29,788 - $62,209  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 355
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.34 - $27.63  
   
Overtime
$12.08 - $41.74  
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 - $4,473  
   
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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$29,788 - $62,209  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Senior Editors. That role pays $61K per year on average. 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 respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Acquisitions, Project Management, Content Management, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Copywriting, Web Content Management, and Blogging. Most people who know Editing also know Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Editor

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. 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. For Associate Editors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $54K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $64K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Associate Editors, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Associate Editors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), Austin (+10 percent), and New York (+3 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cleveland, 19 percent below the national average. Madison and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 18 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Associate Editor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 54%

Experienced
up arrow 30%


National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Associate Editor Salaries

Acquisitions
up arrow 5%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Content Management
up arrow 1%

People Management
0%

National Average
$42,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

writing
up arrow 2%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 4%

Web Content Management
up arrow 4%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 4%

Blogging
up arrow 4%

Proofreading
up arrow 4%

Copywriting
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 12%