Editorial Assistant Salary

Editorial Assistants in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $33K per year on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Work is enjoyable for Editorial Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Editorial Assistants who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 82 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$25,363 - $41,041

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$9.88 - $22.02

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$25,363 - $41,041  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,967  
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $1,500  
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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$23,342 - $42,176  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 440
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.88 - $22.02  
   
Overtime
$14.72 - $34.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,967  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $1,500  
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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$23,342 - $42,176  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 216
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Job Description for Editorial Assistant

A publication's editorial staff which is responsible for taking content from writers and presenting them in an interesting, readable format. Working under the supervision of a senior editor, an editorial assistant is a part of the editorial staff that takes on a range of tasks such as proofreading, copywriting, aiding in final design and layout, and maintaining correspondence with writers. In addition, the editorial assistant often executes basic office duties when required, such as answering phones and greeting visitors.

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Editorial Assistant Tasks

  • Track, analyze, and report on submissions, authors, and responses to pieces.
  • Assist with monitoring and editing content and communicating with writers.
  • Provide administrative assistance like filing, correspondence, maintaining calendars, and preparing materials.
  • Perform copy edits to enforce conformance with organizational standards and guidelines.

Common Career Paths for Editorial Assistant


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Editorial Assistants who transition into a Senior Editor role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $61K per year. Editorial Assistants most often move into positions as Editors or Associate Print Editors; those groups report median salaries that are $12K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Editorial Assistant


Those at Time Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $33K.

Oxford University Press reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $30K) but some workers make up to $35K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings.

Popular Skills for Editorial Assistant


Editorial Assistants seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in writing, Office Administration, Copywriting, and Editing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Technical Writing, Microsoft Office, and Administration. Most people who know Editing also know Office Administration and Oral / Verbal Communication.

Pay by Experience Level for Editorial Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Editorial Assistants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $32K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $36K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Editorial Assistants make a median salary of $37K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Editorial Assistant generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $41K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Editorial Assistants, Washington provides a pay rate that is 20 percent greater than the national average. Editorial Assistants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+16 percent) and New York (+2 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Los Angeles, 5 percent below the national average.

Editorial Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as an Editorial Assistant?

Editorial Assistant in Thousand Oaks:
"Learn quickly and move up."
Pros: When I get a great author who reminds me why I love my job. Working with authors that are passionate about what they do really make you care about your work and the books you're helping create. I'm helping create great books--that's all I ever wanted to do.
Cons: Managing personalities is a big part of my job and sometimes it's exhausting. It's hard to be at the bottom of the food chain without tons of power when your superiors miss deadlines or don't work well with others.

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Experience Affects Editorial Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%



National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Editorial Assistant Salaries

writing
up arrow 8%

Office Administration
up arrow 4%

Copywriting
up arrow 2%

National Average
$32,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

Proofreading
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Administration
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 6%

Technical Writing
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 21%
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