Editor in Chief, Magazine Salary
Magazine Editors in Chief in the United States can expect to earn an average of $61K per year. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Magazine Editors in Chief make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. Some workers in this field — one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by roughly one-half. Work is enjoyable for Magazine Editors in Chief, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Editor in Chief, Magazine
The magazine editor in chief has supervisory and content control for their publication. Department editors typically directly report to the editor in chief, and these editors serve as a conduit between the editor in chief and the magazine's writers, photographers, layout designers and other employees. The magazine editor in chief often holds regular meetings with the publication's other editors, in which these subordinate editors pitch, gain approval for, describe progress on and discuss issues with planned content. The editor in chief must provide appropriate, timely feedback that these subordinates can use in creating and editing magazine content.Read More...
All content (including revisions) may ultimately be reviewed by editor in chief for final approval. Additionally, the editor in chief assesses current and proposed content for how it fits with the magazine's branding and masthead statements. Typically, the editor in chief of a magazine also represents their publication as a spokesperson, and they may provide regular content for the magazine in the form of a written column.
Most of the time, a magazine editor in chief has at least a bachelor's degree in journalism, communications or a related field. Additionally, he or she typically has experience in editing, writing, and leading departmental teams in newspapers, magazines or online media.
Editor in Chief, Magazine Tasks
- Set and decide editorial policy and article placement.
- Represent the publication.
- Edit content.
- Manage staff and department budget.
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Pay by Experience Level for Editor in Chief, Magazine
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Magazine Editors in Chief, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $48K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $51K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $76K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $77K.