Editor in Chief Salary

With just below three-fifths of Editor in Chiefs in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $42K to $143K per year and averages out to $77K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Editor in Chiefs survey participants are more prevalent than men — 63 percent of professionals. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and a little more than half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,672 - $139,962
$46K
$77K
$140K
MEDIAN: $77,175
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$8.07 - $29.80
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$16
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$0$143K
Salary $45,672 - $139,962
Bonus $999 - $15,050
Profit Sharing $1,323
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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$41,605 - $143,018
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 161
Hourly Data $0$62
Hourly Rate $8.07 - $29.80
Overtime $62.00
Annual Data $0$143K
Bonus $999 - $15,050
Profit Sharing $1,323
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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$41,605 - $143,018
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 10

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Editor in Chief


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Web Content Management, Editing, People Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing writing and Technical Writing as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. The majority of those who know Editing also know Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Editor in Chief

Pay by Experience for an Editor in Chief has a positive trend. An entry-level Editor in Chief with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 36 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Editor in Chief with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 57 salaries. An experienced Editor in Chief which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 80 salaries. An Editor in Chief with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 40 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,189

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

Editor in Chiefs will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 33 percent. Editor in Chiefs will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+23 percent) and San Francisco (+18 percent). The lowest-paying market is Boston, which sits 20 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Philadelphia (8 percent less).

Editor in Chief Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Editor in Chief?

Editor in Chief in Lafayette:
"Very satisfying."
Pros: Being able to be creative, free to think outside the box, flexible and fun.
Cons: I'm not sure I'm getting paid what I deserve.

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Key Stats for Editor in Chief

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Editor in Chief Salaries

▲23%

▲10%

▼0%

National Average
$76,000

▼32%

Skills That Affect Editor in Chief Salaries

Web Content Management
▲4%

▲1%


National Average
$76,000



writing
▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 28%
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