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Editor in Chief Salary

Editor in Chiefs in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and slightly less than two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $70K per year, but may range from $40K to $140K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Editor in Chiefs survey participants are largely women, dominating at 62 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$39,938 - $135,927
MEDIAN: $70,419

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$39,938 - $135,927  
$0.00 - $19,820  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $3,014  
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).
$39,852 - $140,087  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 290
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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

Survey results suggest that Editor in Chiefs use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, People Management, Editing, and writing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Technical Writing and writing. Those proficient in Editing are, more often than not, 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.

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Editor in Chiefs. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $48K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $64K. Editor in Chiefs who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $78K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $96K.

Pay Difference by Location

Editor in Chiefs will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 36 percent. Editor in Chiefs will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+17 percent) and San Francisco (+12 percent). Editor in Chiefs in Los Angeles make 23 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay.

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Experience Affects Editor in Chief Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Editor in Chief Salaries

Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.


62 %
38 %

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: 74% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 24%