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Content Manager Salary

Median pay for Content Managers in the United States is around $55K annually. Cash earnings for Content Managers — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $14K from profit sharing — stretch from around $34K to approximately $86K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Content Managers. More than half of Content Managers (63 percent) survey participants are women. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,407 - $84,350
(Median)
$34K
$55K
$84K
MEDIAN: $54,955
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$12.98 - $32.67
(Median)
$13
$19
$33
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$34,407 - $84,350  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,071  
Profit Sharing
$369.99 - $13,809  
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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$33,651 - $86,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 668
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.98 - $32.67  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $41.81  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,071  
   
Profit Sharing
$369.99 - $13,809  
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).
)
$33,651 - $86,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 83

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Job Description for Content Manager

Content managers work with creative personnel and freelancers to establish and maintain creative materials used by a website, a marketing campaign, media aggregator, or similar entity that offers content. Their work includes editing for appropriateness of tone, style, and subject matter. Because many content managers work for web media sites, they usually review not only written suggestions, but also video and sound content (such as podcasts). They may even be used for input on the layout and graphic presentation of the site itself.

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Content Manager Tasks

  • Update content in accordance with emerging targets, usability goals, and performance metrics.
  • Edit and apply style rules to content, and ensure compliance with disclosure policies and other rules.
  • Create and oversee content, including marketing and communications deliverables.
  • Guide subject matter experts in writing and presenting materials.

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Popular Skills for Content Manager


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Media / Public Relations, Project Management, Data Analysis, and Content Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Email Marketing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Search Engine Optimization and Copywriting also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Content Management are similarly competent in Editing and Web Content Management. People who know Project Management usually also know Web Content Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Content Manager

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $47K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $63K. Content Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $77K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $76K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Content Managers, Minneapolis offers exceptional salaries, 19 percent above the national average. Content Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+13 percent), Atlanta (+13 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and San Francisco (+10 percent). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Portland (15 percent lower) and Austin (13 percent lower).

Content Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Content Manager?

Content Manager in Gaithersburg:
"Proud."
Pros: Helping customers ,also happy what I do working around people and helping to resolve there questions and worries.
Cons: None.

Related Job Salaries

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Experience Affects Content Manager Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 40%


National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Content Manager Salaries

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 19%


National Average
$54,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Content Management
up arrow 2%

Web Content Management
up arrow 3%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 3%

Editing
up arrow 4%

Technical Writing
up arrow 6%


Graphic Design
up arrow 13%


Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
up arrow 19%

Email Marketing
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 17%
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