Average Content Managers in the United States make around $54K annually. Cash earnings for Content Managers — including $10K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $33K to $82K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Content Managers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 66 percent. The majority of Content Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,558 - $82,015
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$36K
$54K
$82K
MEDIAN: $53,875
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$12.29 - $31.41
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,558 - $82,015  
   
Bonus
$290.87 - $9,895  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,106  
Commission
$1,965  
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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$33,494 - $82,308  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 707
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.29 - $31.41  
   
Overtime
$14.92 - $44.22  
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
$290.87 - $9,895  
   
Commission
$1,965  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,106  
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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$33,494 - $82,308  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 108
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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


Content Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Strategic Marketing, Web Content Management, Project Management, and Content Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Video Editing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Email Marketing and Social Media Optimization also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Content Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management and Web Content Management. Most people familiar with Editing also know Web Content Management and Project 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $47K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $60K. Content Managers bring in $73K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $83K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,548

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

Home to some of the best pay for Content Managers, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 32 percent above the national average. Content Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+26 percent), New York (+19 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Atlanta (+9 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with San Diego Content Managers earning much less — 31 percent less — than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (23 percent lower) and Miami (7 percent lower).

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What is it like working as a Content Manager?

Content Manager in Chicago:
"Building Flow."
Pros: I love being free to complete projects that I think are needed, alongside projects assigned to me by my bosses. I have no leash, and am able to share ideas and see them come alive.
Cons: The commute sucks. An hour long drive is too much for me.

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
$53,000


Skills That Affect Content Manager Salaries


Web Content Management
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Project Management
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$53,000

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Marketing Communications
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Technical Writing
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Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
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Adobe Photoshop
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Social Media Optimization
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Email Marketing
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Video Editing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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