Editor, Magazine Salary

An average Magazine Editor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $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. Most Magazine Editors survey respondents are women (76 percent). Job satisfaction for Magazine Editors is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,634 - $78,711
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$79K
MEDIAN: $43,761
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$11.98 - $50.00
(Median)
$12
$16
$50
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$29,634 - $78,711  
   
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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$29,243 - $80,209  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 116
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.98 - $50.00  
   
Overtime
$19.16 - $33.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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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$29,243 - $80,209  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $38K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $46K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. Magazine Editors who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $49K.

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Experience Affects Editor, Magazine Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 23%
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