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Editor in Chief Salary

Editor in Chiefs in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just under two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $72K per year, but may range from $40K to $138K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Slightly less than a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Editor in Chiefs (61 percent) who took the survey are female. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$39,959 - $132,629
(Median)
$40K
$72K
$130K
MEDIAN: $72,046
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Salary
$39,959 - $132,629  
   
Bonus
$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).
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$39,867 - $137,913  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 281

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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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Popular Skills for Editor in Chief


Editor in Chiefs report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, writing, Project Management, and Editing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Technical Writing. 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $48K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $66K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $80K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $98K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


For Editor in Chiefs, New York provides a pay rate that is 36 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



National Average
$73,000



Skills That Affect Editor in Chief Salaries

People Management
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writing
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National Average
$73,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

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