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.

$37,745 - $96,547
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$38K
$61K
$97K
MEDIAN: $60,845
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$37,745 - $96,547  
   
Bonus
$3,052  
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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$33,101 - $99,081  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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
$3,052  
   
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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$33,101 - $99,081  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

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

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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.

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Experience Affects Editor in Chief, Magazine Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 27%

National Average
$60,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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