Editor in Chief Salary

The majority of Editor in Chiefs in the United States — just under two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $40K to $140K per year, and the median is $72K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Editor in Chiefs like their work and job satisfaction is high. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Women Editor in Chiefs who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$40,710 - $136,101

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$40,710 - $136,101  
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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).
$40,391 - $140,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 299
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Job Description for Editor in Chief

Though the publishing industry has expanded beyond printed publications, one thing that has not changed is that the final say on published words and images typically belongs to the editor in chief. The editor in chief typically supervises the editorial staff, who organize and refine the work produced by writers, graphic designers, web designers, and other content creators. The editors assemble all of the content into a proposed final format, and the editor in chief examines their submission to ensure that the content is accurate, original, visually stimulating, readable, and engaging. The editor in chief may also contribute content, and they regularly consult with editors throughout the editorial process. They are also responsible for addressing complaints raised by readers and issuing corrections. Editors in chief typically work full time in an office setting. Work hours may be inconsistent and long, especially when deadlines are near.


Editor in Chief Tasks

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

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Popular Skills for Editor in Chief

Editor in Chiefs report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Web Content Management, People Management, Project Management, and Editing are correlated to pay that is above average. Writing and Technical Writing, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. It is often found that people who know Editing are also skilled in Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Editor in Chief

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Editor in Chiefs with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $49K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $67K. For Editor in Chiefs, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $81K. Editor in Chiefs with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $97K.

Pay Difference by Location

Home to some of the best pay for Editor in Chiefs, New York offers exceptional salaries, 35 percent above the national average. Editor in Chiefs will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent) and Washington (+20 percent). The lowest-paying market is Boston, which sits 17 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Editor in Chief Salaries

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Skills That Affect Editor in Chief Salaries

Web Content Management
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People Management
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Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.


59 %
41 %

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: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 20%