Editor, Magazine Salary (United States)

Pay for Magazine Editors in the United States is typically around $44,715 annually. Pay ranges from $29,309 on the low end to $80,363 per year on the higher side. 28 percent of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, most report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Female Magazine Editors make up most of the field at 71 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Editor, Magazine Salary (?
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$29,946 - $77,731
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MEDIAN: $45,545
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Editor, Magazine Salary (?
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$11.74 - $50.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$29,946 - $77,731  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
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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$29,309 - $80,363  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 200
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $50.00  
   
Overtime
$10.17 - $33.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
   
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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$29,309 - $80,363  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 34
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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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. New salaries start at $38K and reach $49K in five to 10 years. Compensation is $51K after 10 to 20 years. Wages continue to improve for Magazine Editors after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $59K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 26 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 12 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

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Experience Affects Editor, Magazine Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%
Experienced
up arrow 14%
Mid-Career
up arrow 9%
National Average
$45,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
71%
female alumni
 
Male
29%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 28%
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