Associate Editor Salary

For Associate Editors, annual average wages total $43K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by the company and tenure. Most Associate Editors survey respondents are women (74 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$33,364 - $59,922
$33K
$43K
$60K
MEDIAN: $43,009
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50%
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$12.34 - $24.97
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.83
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90%

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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
$33,364 - $59,922  
   
Bonus
$386.41 - $6,745  
Profit Sharing
$900  
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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$31,579 - $60,025  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 394
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.34 - $24.97  
   
Overtime
$18.12 - $37.63  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$386.41 - $6,745  
   
Profit Sharing
$900  
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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$31,579 - $60,025  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 50

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Associate Editors move into roles as Senior Editors, where pay is an average $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 seem to wield many 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, 11 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 skilled in Editing are similarly competent in 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: $42,524

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Associate Editors, 14 percent above the national average. Associate Editors will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+13 percent), Austin (+8 percent), New York (+7 percent), and Los Angeles (+7 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Associate Editors is geography, with workers in Minneapolis earning a whopping 30 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Madison and Nashville (21 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Associate Editor

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 72 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Associate Editor Salaries

▲22%

▲21%

▲11%

National Average
$43,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Associate Editor Salaries

Graphic Design
▲33%


▲6%

Content Management
▲3%

Acquisitions
▲2%

National Average
$43,000

▼1%

▼1%



People Management
▼3%


▼4%


Blogging
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 17%