Editor in Chief Salary

With just under two-thirds of Editor in Chiefs in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Editor in Chiefs is $72K per year and can range from $41K on the lower end to $138K per year near the higher end. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than half of Editor in Chiefs (61 percent) survey participants are women. While some workers in this profession — just over one in five — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Editor in Chiefs, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,839 - $133,250
MEDIAN: $72,046

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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.
$40,839 - $133,250  
$0.00 - $17,664  
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).
$40,851 - $138,344  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 277

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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 takers who work as Editor in Chiefs typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Project Management, Editing, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include writing and Technical Writing. Those educated in Editing tend to be well versed 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $48K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $66K. Editor in Chiefs bring in $80K after working for 10 to 20 years. Editor in Chiefs who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $97K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Editor in Chiefs, New York provides a pay rate that is 35 percent greater than the national average. Editor in Chiefs will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+21 percent) and San Francisco (+15 percent). In Boston, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Editor in Chief Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.


61 %
39 %

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: 76% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 22%