The average Magazine Editor in Chief in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $60K per year. Geography 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 78 percent. Most Magazine Editors in Chief report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, somewhere between a fifth and a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by more than two-fifths. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$39,149 - $98,165
$39K
$60K
$98K
MEDIAN: $60,147
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50%
90%

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$14.25 - $35.00
$16
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$39,149 - $98,165  
   
Bonus
$3,000  
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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$33,282 - $98,666  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 50
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.00  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$3,000  
   
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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$33,282 - $98,666  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5

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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.

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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.


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $49K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $50K. Magazine Editors in Chief bring in $77K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $75K on average.

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Key Stats for Editor in Chief, Magazine

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Editor in Chief, Magazine Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 31%

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

National Average
$59,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Editor in Chief, Magazine Salaries

National Average
$59,000

up arrow 13%

writing
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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