Editor in Chief Salary

Editor in Chiefs in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly less than two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $40K to $135K per year, median earnings come to $72K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than half of Editor in Chiefs (60 percent) survey participants are women. Although a fair number have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, just under one in four claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction for Editor in Chiefs is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$40,537 - $129,707

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XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$40,537 - $129,707  
$0.00 - $15,227  
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).
$40,208 - $135,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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

Survey takers who work as Editor in Chiefs typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in writing, People Management, 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. 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.

Editor in Chiefs with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $48K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $66K. Editor in Chiefs bring in $80K after working for 10 to 20 years. Editor in Chiefs who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $97K.

Pay Difference by Location

With a pay rate for Editor in Chiefs that is 33 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 (+18 percent) and San Francisco (+17 percent). Boston is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Editor in Chief Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.


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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: 41% employee benefits None: 22%