Editor in Chief Salary

Editor in Chiefs who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up slightly less than two-thirds of Editor in Chiefs. Pay fluctuates from $41K to $136K per year, but expected earnings average $73K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Editor in Chiefs. The majority of Editor in Chiefs (60 percent) who took the survey are women. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,598 - $130,590
MEDIAN: $72,691

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$40,598 - $130,590  
$0.00 - $15,426  
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).
$40,618 - $135,840  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 289
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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

Editor in Chiefs only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, writing, Project Management, and Editing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Technical Writing. Those familiar with Editing also tend to know Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Editor in Chief

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

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $80K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $97K.

Pay Difference by Location

Editor in Chiefs will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 32 percent. Editor in Chiefs will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+19 percent) and San Francisco (+16 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Boston.

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Experience Affects Editor in Chief Salaries

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Skills That Affect Editor in Chief Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 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: 75% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 23%