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Associate Editor Salary

Median pay for Associate Editors in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $42K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Associate Editors report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,534 - $61,241
(Median)
$31K
$42K
$61K
MEDIAN: $41,677
10%
50%
90%

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$11.67 - $27.09
(Median)
$12
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,534 - $61,241  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,524  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $2,975  
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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$30,247 - $61,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 438
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.67 - $27.09  
   
Overtime
$24.05 - $41.08  
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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,524  
   
Profit Sharing
$983 - $2,975  
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).
)
$30,247 - $61,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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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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Though some Associate Editors move into positions like Senior Editor (where the average salary is $61K), this progression is not the norm. A common career progression for an Associate Editor is to become an Editor or a Managing Editor. Compared to Associate Editors, the first group earns $3K more on average, and the second group earns $9K more.

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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 writing, Acquisitions, Project Management, and Content Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Proofreading, Copywriting, and Web Content Management. Those familiar with Editing also tend to know Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Editor

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


For many Associate Editors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $40K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $48K. For Associate Editors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $54K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $59K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Associate Editors, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 22 percent above the national average. Associate Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+18 percent), Washington (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), and Austin (+10 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Atlanta Associate Editors earning much less — 34 percent less — than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cleveland and Madison (22 percent lower and 21 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Associate Editor Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Associate Editor Salaries

writing
up arrow 6%

Acquisitions
up arrow 5%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Content Management
up arrow 1%

Editing
0%

National Average
$42,000

People Management
up arrow 1%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 2%

Technical Writing
up arrow 3%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 3%

Blogging
up arrow 4%


Copywriting
up arrow 6%

Proofreading
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 11%
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