Editor in Chief Salary

The majority of Editor in Chiefs in the United States — two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $41K to $136K per year, and the median is $75K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,701 - $130,830
MEDIAN: $74,865

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$41,701 - $130,830  
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$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

Editor in Chiefs report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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. 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.

Editor in Chiefs who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $48K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $68K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $80K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $95K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,808

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For those looking to make money, Editor in Chiefs in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Editor in Chiefs will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+16 percent) and Chicago (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Boston, which sits 20 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Editor in Chief Salaries

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Skills That Affect Editor in Chief Salaries

Web Content Management
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People Management

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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%