Editor in Chief, Magazine Salary

Magazine Editors in Chief in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just below three-fifths of Magazine Editors in Chief. Salaries average out to around $60K annually and spread from $37K to $105K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Magazine Editors in Chief. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,729 - $100,217

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$36,729 - $100,217  
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$36,949 - $105,079  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 98
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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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 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: 79% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 19%