Editor in Chief, Magazine Salary

Magazine Editors in Chief in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly less than three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $61K annually on average but can range from $39K to $106K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Magazine Editors in Chief making up 73 percent. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under one in three. Most Magazine Editors in Chief like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$38,551 - $101,137
MEDIAN: $61,478

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$38,551 - $101,137  
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$38,630 - $106,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 93
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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.


Editor in Chief, Magazine Tasks

  • Edit content.
  • Manage staff and department budget.
  • Set and decide editorial policy and article placement.
  • Represent the publication.

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Experience Affects Editor in Chief, Magazine Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.


73 %
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 31%
dental benefits
None: 20%