Editor in Chief Salary

Editor in Chiefs in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and roughly two in three have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $75K annually, but may range from $41K to $136K per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$41,701 - $130,830
MEDIAN: $74,865

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$41,701 - $130,830  
$0.00 - $15,118  
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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).
$41,058 - $135,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 317
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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 put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Web Content Management, People Management, Editing, 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. For most people, competency in Editing indicates knowledge of Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Editor in Chief

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

For many Editor in Chiefs, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $48K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $68K. On average, Editor in Chiefs make $80K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $95K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,808

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

With a pay rate for Editor in Chiefs that is 32 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Editor in Chiefs will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+16 percent) and Chicago (+15 percent). Boston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 20 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Editor in Chief Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Editor in Chief Salaries

Web Content Management
up arrow 8%

People Management

National Average

up arrow 2%

Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.


60 %
40 %

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: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 18%