Editor, Magazine Salary

The average Magazine Editor in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $43K per year. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — around one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. For the most part, Magazine Editors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Magazine Editors survey respondents are women (74 percent). Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$29,490 - $78,335
(Median)
$29K
$43K
$78K
MEDIAN: $43,456
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$12.10 - $49.32
(Median)
$12
$16
$49
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,490 - $78,335  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,128  
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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$28,934 - $81,119  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 138
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.10 - $49.32  
   
Overtime
$10.17 - $33.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,128  
   
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).
)
$28,934 - $81,119  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Magazine Editors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $37K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $47K. Magazine Editors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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Experience Affects Editor, Magazine Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 26%