Editor in Chief Salary

Editor in Chiefs in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just below two-thirds of Editor in Chiefs. Salaries average out to around $77K annually and spread from $42K to $131K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women make up a slight majority of Editor in Chiefs (53 percent) survey respondents. While some workers in this profession — one in four — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and over one-half have dental insurance. The majority of Editor in Chiefs claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$46,010 - $127,409
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$77K
$130K
MEDIAN: $77,441
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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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Salary
$46,010 - $127,409  
   
Bonus
$1,034 - $10,316  
Total Pay (?
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$41,967 - $130,667  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 172
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
$1,034 - $10,316  
   
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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$41,967 - $130,667  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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 seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Editing, Project Management, and Web Content 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 Web Content Management also typically command lower compensation. 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Editor in Chiefs. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $51K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $74K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Editor in Chiefs see a median salary of $83K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $92K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,495

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

Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Editor in Chiefs in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Editor in Chiefs will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+22 percent) and San Francisco (+15 percent). Compared to the national average, Boston Editor in Chiefs have considerably lower salaries, 20 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Los Angeles and Dallas (8 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Editor in Chief

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Editor in Chief Salaries

▲20%

▲8%

National Average
$76,000

▼3%

▼34%

Skills That Affect Editor in Chief Salaries

National Average
$76,000


▼7%




writing
▼26%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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