Content Manager Salary

Content Managers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $55K per year. Cash earnings for Content Managers — including $10K in bonuses and $14K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $34K to $86K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the majority of Content Managers (64 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Content Managers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,126 - $84,596
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$35K
$55K
$85K
MEDIAN: $55,025
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$12.41 - $32.58
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$33
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,126 - $84,596  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,986  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,483  
Commission
$2,000  
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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$33,679 - $85,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 849
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.41 - $32.58  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $42.50  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,986  
   
Commission
$2,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,483  
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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$33,679 - $85,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 115
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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 results imply that Content Managers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Media / Public Relations, People Management, Technical Writing, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Adobe Photoshop as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Email Marketing and Graphic Design also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Editing also know Web Content Management and Project Management. For most people, competency in Content Management indicates knowledge of Project Management and Web Content Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Content Manager

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


Content Managers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $47K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $63K. On average, Content Managers make $76K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,988

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Content Managers, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Content Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+17 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and New York (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 21 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and Austin (13 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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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.

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Experience Affects Content Manager Salaries




National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Content Manager Salaries

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 19%

People Management
up arrow 6%

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

Project Management
0%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$54,000

Content Management
up arrow 1%

Web Content Management
up arrow 3%


up arrow 6%



Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
up arrow 15%

Graphic Design
up arrow 20%

Email Marketing
up arrow 24%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 35%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 166 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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