Associate Publisher Salary

On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (just under one in three) of final income for Associate Publishers. That final number averages out to $78K across the industry. The majority of Associate Publishers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Women Associate Publishers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$40,565 - $133,918
MEDIAN: $72,649

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$40,565 - $133,918  
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$40,499 - $148,951  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Associate Publisher

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

The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $50K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $72K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $94K in this role. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $92K on average.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.


56 %
44 %

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: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 13%