Associate Publishers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly less than three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $78K annually on average but can range from $39K to $133K per year. Women make up a slight majority of Associate Publishers (54 percent) survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Associate Publishers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance.

$36,000 - $123,511
MEDIAN: $78,130

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$36,000 - $123,511  
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$38,630 - $133,073  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44

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Job Description for Associate Publisher

Associate publishers are responsible for a large portion of the administrative process of publishing. They may be employed by newspapers, magazines, books, or websites. In some cases, associate publishers may choose to focus on one specific aspect of their company's publication, such as advertising or editorials. However, they are generally expected to have a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of the publication process. This includes a thorough understanding of their company's production cycle, as well as the nature of press and distribution operations. This is useful since it allows them to know whether to boost or reduce publication numbers.


Associate Publisher Tasks

  • Acquire new content, titles, and authors or partners.
  • Write and negotiate contracts.
  • Create overall strategic growth plan including new lines or imprints.
  • Supervise the development of sales and marketing plans.
  • Oversee editors and assistants.

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Pay by Experience Level for Associate Publisher

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $48K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $79K. Associate Publishers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $93K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $97K on average.

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Skills That Affect Associate Publisher Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.


54 %
46 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 12%