Associate Editor Salary

Associate Editors in the United States pull down an average of $42K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Female Associate Editors make up most of the survey respondents at 70 percent. Work is enjoyable for Associate Editors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$30,492 - $61,639

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$11.74 - $26.93

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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
$30,492 - $61,639  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,588  
Profit Sharing
$625 - $2,500  
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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$30,267 - $62,281  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 470
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $26.93  
   
Overtime
$24.05 - $41.08  
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 - $4,588  
   
Profit Sharing
$625 - $2,500  
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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$30,267 - $62,281  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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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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While not commonly seen, Associate Editors who transition into a Senior Editor position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior Editors is $61K per year. Associate Editors most often move into positions as Editors or Managing Editors; those groups report median salaries that 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, 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, Web Content Management, and Blogging. Most people skilled in Editing are similarly competent in Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Editor

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $40K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $48K. Associate Editors bring in $55K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


Associate Editors will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 21 percent. Associate Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+16 percent), Boston (+16 percent), Austin (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Associate Editors is geography, with workers in Atlanta earning a whopping 34 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers 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 5%

Acquisitions
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Content Management
0%

National Average
$42,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

Copywriting
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 2%

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 3%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 3%

Blogging
up arrow 5%


Proofreading
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 11%
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