Editor in Chiefs in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — about three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $42K to $130K per year, median earnings come to $77K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Editor in Chiefs (56 percent) survey respondents. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, nearly one in four claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction for Editor in Chiefs is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,877 - $126,587
(Median)
$45K
$77K
$130K
MEDIAN: $76,719
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,877 - $126,587  
   
Bonus
$1,454 - $15,456  
Profit Sharing
$36,500  
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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$42,088 - $130,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 186
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.36  
   
Overtime
$62.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,454 - $15,456  
   
Profit Sharing
$36,500  
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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$42,088 - $130,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 9
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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

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

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Survey results imply that Editor in Chiefs put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in People Management, Editing, Web Content 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

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $51K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $72K. Editor in Chiefs claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $82K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $93K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $75,637

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

Editor in Chiefs will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 26 percent. Editor in Chiefs will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+23 percent) and New York (+23 percent). With compensation 19 percent below the national average, Boston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Los Angeles and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 7 percent less than the median.

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Experience Affects Editor in Chief Salaries



National Average
$76,000



Skills That Affect Editor in Chief Salaries

National Average
$76,000

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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
3%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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