Editor in Chief Salary

Editor in Chiefs in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly less than two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $73K annually on average but can range from $40K to $136K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Editor in Chiefs is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,348 - $130,286
MEDIAN: $72,716

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$40,348 - $130,286  
$0.00 - $15,490  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $3,014  
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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).
$40,049 - $136,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 287
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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

Professional skills reported by Editor in Chiefs are few in number. Most notably, skills in People Management, writing, Project Management, and Editing are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.

Editor in Chiefs who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $47K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $66K. Editor in Chiefs who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $81K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $97K.

Pay Difference by Location

With a pay rate for Editor in Chiefs that is 31 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Editor in Chiefs will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+19 percent) and San Francisco (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Boston, 18 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

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 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: 76% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 23%