Associate Publisher Salary

A large fraction of take-home pay for Associate Publishers comes from commissions — slightly less than a third on average, in fact. The median overall income in this field is approximately $77K. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Associate Publishers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 60 percent.

$41,073 - $130,875
MEDIAN: $70,619

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$41,073 - $130,875  
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$40,566 - $146,485  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78
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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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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $52K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $68K. Associate Publishers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $95K. For some reason, Associate Publishers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $92K.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.


60 %
40 %

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: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 11%