Editor, Magazine Salary

The average Magazine Editor in the United States earns approximately $44K annually. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Magazine Editors making up 76 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,692 - $79,997
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$80K
MEDIAN: $44,309
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$11.15 - $41.22
(Median)
$11
$16
$41
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$29,692 - $79,997  
   
Bonus
$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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$29,099 - $80,893  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 119
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.15 - $41.22  
   
Overtime
$19.16 - $33.57  
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.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$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).
)
$29,099 - $80,893  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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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 $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $47K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Magazine Editors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $49K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Editor, Magazine Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 22%
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