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Editor, Magazine Salary

Pay for Magazine Editors in the United States sits in the ballpark of $45K annually. Most Magazine Editors report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a little more than half have dental coverage, approximately one in four claim no health benefits at all. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,685 - $77,869
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$78K
MEDIAN: $45,181
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50%
90%

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$12.10 - $50.51
(Median)
$12
$16
$51
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,685 - $77,869  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,817  
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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$29,243 - $82,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 161
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.10 - $50.51  
   
Overtime
$10.17 - $33.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,817  
   
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).
)
$29,243 - $82,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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Job Description for Editor, Magazine

A magazine editor helps ensure that issues of their publication meet certain predetermined standards for content, design, and other areas. The magazine editor reads over articles and makes sure that they are engaging and free of grammatical, spelling, or factual errors. Ensuring that photographs are of quality and fit with the magazine image is also part of their job. The magazine editor may direct the designers, helping determine the layout and art of the magazine. Additionally, the editor must make sure that all material adheres to copyright and trademark laws.

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Editor, Magazine Tasks

  • Ensure adherence to a style guide, correct formatting and consistent use of language within a document.
  • Review, rewrite and edit the work of writers.
  • Develop story or content ideas.
  • Supervise and coordinate work of reporters and other editors.

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Pay by Experience Level for Editor, Magazine

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $38K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $48K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Magazine Editors make a median salary of $51K. Magazine Editors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Editor, Magazine Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 26%