Editor in Chief, Magazine Salary

Magazine Editors in Chief in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just below three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $39K to $106K per year, median earnings come to $61K per year. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Magazine Editors in Chief making up 70 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,656 - $100,454
MEDIAN: $60,732

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$38,656 - $100,454  
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$38,702 - $105,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95
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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 Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.


70 %
30 %

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: 81% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 18%