Magazine Editors in the United States take home approximately $49K annually on average. Most Magazine Editors survey respondents are women (75 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,659 - $75,848
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$31K
$49K
$76K
MEDIAN: $48,509
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$10.44 - $24.66
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,659 - $75,848  
   
Bonus
$900  
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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$29,495 - $74,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.44 - $24.66  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$900  
   
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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$29,495 - $74,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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.


Magazine Editors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $41K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $45K. For Magazine Editors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $52K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $64K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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"Foresight."
Find out as much as you can about how well your colleagues collaborate. I wish I had known two or three years ago that there would be no -- or very little -- opportunity here for me to work on other projects or collaborate with other departments. Such opportunities give a worker, no matter what his or her job title, to advance professionally and within the organization by developing other skills and obtaining a better understanding of the industry.

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Experience Affects Editor, Magazine Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$45,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Editor, Magazine Salaries

writing
0%

National Average
$45,000

Editing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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