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Editorial Assistant Salary (United States)

Pay for Editorial Assistants in the United States is very modest at just $32K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The vast majority of Editorial Assistants (84 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Health benefits are not claimed by all — around one in five lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Editorial Assistant Salary (?
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$25,074 - $40,732
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MEDIAN: $32,083
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Editorial Assistant Salary (?
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$9.86 - $20.56
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$25,074 - $40,732  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,652  
Profit Sharing
$1,100 - $1,548  
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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$22,914 - $41,740  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 445
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $20.56  
   
Overtime
$14.81 - $34.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,652  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,100 - $1,548  
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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$22,914 - $41,740  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 237
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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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At the upper end, Editorial Assistants who move into a Senior Editor role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Editors is $61K per year. Editors or Associate Print Editors are common next-step roles for Editorial Assistants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Editors is $13K higher on average, and it's $7K higher for Associate Print Editors.

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Popular Skills for Editorial Assistant

Survey results suggest that Editorial Assistants use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in writing, Office Administration, Editing, and Proofreading are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Technical Writing and Microsoft Office. For most people, competency in Editing indicates knowledge of Office Administration and Oral / Verbal Communication.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Chicago
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National Average
$32,000
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For Editorial Assistants, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Editorial Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+21 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), New York (+2 percent), and Philadelphia (+1 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 5 percent south of the national average, can be found in Los Angeles.

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Experience Affects Editorial Assistant Salaries

National Average
$32,000

Skills That Affect Editorial Assistant Salaries

writing
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Office Administration
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Editing
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Proofreading
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National Average
$32,000
Oral / Verbal Communication
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Copywriting
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Administration
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Microsoft Office
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Technical Writing
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
84%
female alumni
 
Male
16%
male alumni

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: 79% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 20%