Editor in Chief Salary

About three in five of Editor in Chiefs in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $42K to $146K per year, and the average comes out to $79K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Editor in Chiefs like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women make up a slight majority of Editor in Chiefs (56 percent) survey respondents. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,422 - $147,047
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$79K
$150K
MEDIAN: $79,470
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$8.14 - $29.59
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MEDIAN: $15.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,422 - $147,047  
   
Bonus
$1,030 - $14,617  
Total Pay (?
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$41,883 - $145,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 163
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$8.14 - $29.59  
   
Overtime
$62.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,030 - $14,617  
   
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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$41,883 - $145,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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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.

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Editor in Chief Tasks

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

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Popular Skills for Editor in Chief


Editor in Chiefs report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Web Content Management, Editing, People Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing writing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Technical Writing and Project Management also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Editing also know Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Editor in Chief

Pay by Experience for an Editor in Chief has a positive trend. An entry-level Editor in Chief with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 36 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Editor in Chief with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 57 salaries. An experienced Editor in Chief which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 80 salaries. An Editor in Chief with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 40 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $78,782

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Editor in Chiefs, 29 percent higher than the national average. Editor in Chiefs will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+18 percent) and San Francisco (+14 percent). Compared to the national average, Boston Editor in Chiefs have considerably lower salaries, 23 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. On the whole, employers pay 11 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Dallas and Philadelphia.

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Key Stats for Editor in Chief

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Editor in Chief Salaries

▲19%

▲6%

National Average
$79,000

▼3%

▼34%

Skills That Affect Editor in Chief Salaries

Web Content Management
▼0%

National Average
$79,000

▼2%




writing
▼28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 28%